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For many, the end of a long walk or a trek must be a sight that in­spires awe. “I have not met a sin­gle per­son who has looked at the Liv­ing Root Bridges of Megha­laya and not stared dumb­struck, or at least paused to won­der at the novel idea and stun­ning im­ple­men­ta­tion. The won­der­ful, na­turelov­ing peo­ple of the hills have found a novel way to build what are now known and ex­hib­ited as ‘liv­ing root bridges’. Ba­si­cally an ex­ten­sion of the roots of the In­dian rub­ber tree, the lo­cal Kha­sis have in­vented a way to use them to their ad­van­tage in­stead of build­ing bridges that col­lapse or are washed away by rain or rag­ing rivers. Th­ese bridges take any­where be­tween 10-15 years to build, and last well past five cen­turies,” says Akul Tripathi, a trekking en­thu­si­ast.

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