Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monsoon.

rkbharat

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

monster posts Anup ji, but I am loving it.

Atleast the much delayed log is here
 

anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

We must hurry. There is the Living Root Bridge of Wahthyllong to be seen!
What I didn't know then was that it is a good 250 feet or more down (in altitude) along a rugged, rocky path.

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anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

These living root bridges are truly awesome!
It takes generations to 'build', or grow, them! A unique Khasi tradition, necessitated by the numerous streams that dot the landscape and need to be crossed on a daily basis for life to go on!

Once the roots have become hardy, they are lined with mud and stones.
My guess is that if were wide enough a ten ton lorry could drive on them! :eek:
 

anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

More pics of the fascinating bridge.

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anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

The climb back from the bridge to the car was a stern reminder to me of the terrible shape I'm in!
I was winded! And that's putting it mildly.

Here's more of the same:

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There are hundreds of such bridges in the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya!
For them it's no big deal; but for the rest of us it is a marvel that must be seen.
 

anupkrverma

Active Member
Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

On a lighter note Sir

The rooster seems to have got your attention well enough.:)

The root bridge does remind us that how entangled the life of human and nature were.
BTW, do they keep on making such bridges now also or modern construction has taken its toll on the nature ??
 
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cheguevara

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

Tsunami of pics !!! and all awesome ones...

Reminds me of my Shillong trip....

one of the most beautiful parts of India...

Sir, thanks for sharing your treasure...

"der aaye, durust aaye" !!!
 

anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

RKB, thanks for your kind words! :)
Aye, these are monster posts! How else can you post a thousand pics?! :grin:

Anup, these bridges are built where modern machinery cannot reach! Or, it would be prohibitively expensive to take.
I'm sure these bridges are still being grown, in a hundred places where none of us will reach for many years to come yet! It is a way of life with the Khasis.

...and yes, that rooster (is it the same one?) is a subtle way of showing our starting point and the return! :cool:

Che(f), thank you! I appreciate. :)
 

anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

Let me post some maps to show approximately where we went and where the pics were taken.

The Wahthyllong Living Root Bridge location:
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and the route from Shillong to Mawlynnong:
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anupmathur

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Re: Shillong, Mawlynnong, Wahthyllong, Cherrapunjee and more - Meghalaya in the monso

Now, the return from Mawlynnong.
Some scenes from the route, as we headed for the Shillong Peak. Aye, we're not done for the day yet!

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