The natural and man-made living root bridges can be credited to the forefathers of the Khasi and Jaintia tribe of Meghalaya

Guwahati: To the Chris Brown fans from the North eastern region, particularly from the state of Meghalaya, it was a moment of pride when he posted a story on his official Instagram account on the internationally acclaimed living root bridges of the state.

Many fans went crazy on seeing the post of the American singer-songwriter and re-posted the post which read as: “There is a tribe in India that has learned how to train the roots of big trees to create natural suspension bridges that can span over 100 feet and last 500-600 years.”

Screen shot of Chris Brown post

True to that, the natural and man-made living root bridges can be credited to the forefathers of the Khasi and Jaintia tribes of Meghalaya, who are the actual architects of the famous bridges made from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees.

The state has over 100 living root bridges in the state and to name a few, they are found in places like Mawlynnong, Khongthong, Nongriat of Khasi hills and Shnongpdeng, Nongbareh, Khonglah in Jaintia hills district.

The living root bridges witness a tremendous flow of tourists each year from across the globe and survey is going on to get a heritage tag from UNESCO.

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