bamboo bridge - mawlynnong (india)

Bamboo bridge near Mawlynnong in the East Khasi Hills, in Meghalaya (India)

When rivers are too wide to grow living root bridges across them, the Khasi people build foot bridges with bamboo and rattan (they use no nylon rope or metal wire, it is 100% organic).­

This bamboo bridge has a span of more than 20 meters (60 feet) and passes 10 meters (30 feet) above a river.­ They need to rebuild the bridge every few years because it gets rotten.­

This bamboo bridge was at the end of its life, and the local villagers were planning to rebuild it.­

bamboo bridge east khasi hills footbridge jungle mawlynnong meghalaya rain forest river water
Surok Mawlynnong, Meghalaya 793109, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­