What is Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridge?

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A farmer recently takes forward the State’s traditional practice of building root bridges and connects two areas across Umkar river in Cherrapunjee.

About Meghalaya’s Living Root Bridge:

  • Meghalaya is known for its living root bridges, locally known as jingkieng jri.  
  • They are on the tentative list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. 
  • Many bridges across the State are over a century old. 
  • A living root bridge is like a suspension bridge formed by guiding the pliable roots of the rubber fig tree (Ficus elastica) across a stream or river and allowing the roots to grow and strengthen over time.
  • They are common in the southern part of the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya.


Q1) What is world heritage site?

World Heritage site, any of various areas or objects inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. The sites are designated as having “outstanding universal value” under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

Source: Roots connect a Meghalaya village