Bridges & Rocks in Cherrapunjee
Find below the information about beautiful natural tourist spots in Cherrapunji.
Living Root Bridge
The living root bridges of Cherrapunji are bridges which are grown and not built. There are several living root bridges around Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. They are called living root bridges because they are made of roots which are alive and still growing. The living root bridges are unique to Meghalaya. The Khasi people have the uniqueness in making the bridges.
A series of secondary roots are produced by the tree from higher up its trunks. They can perch atop huge boulders along the riverbanks or even in the middle of the river.
To make the root of the tree grow in the right direction betel nut trunks are used. The trunks are used as root guidance system. The roots of the trees grow in a straight direction because of the betel nut trunks. When the roots reach the other end they take root in the soil. The roots strengthen in due course of time. They take ten to fifteen years for being finally ready for use of mankind. The root bridges can be as long as 100 feet. The bridges are very strong. They gain strength over time. The bridges are so sturdy that they can take the load of fifty or more people at a time. The Living Root Bridge System attracts tourists from across the world that come to visit Cherrapunji. The uniqueness of the bridges is that they are found primarily in Cherrapunji.
There is also a special living root bridge in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, known as the Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge. It is a unique bridge and is one of its kind in the world. It comprises of two bridges which are placed one over the other. The Double Decker Root Bridge system is a popular attraction in Cherrapunji. The inquisitive tourists are bound to be excited to see the bridge and know regarding the uniqueness of the bridge which is one of its kind in the world and is found primarily in Cherrapunji.
The Mawsmai cave is one of the major tourist attractions of Meghalaya. Tourists coming to Meghalaya flock the cave due to its spellbound beauty. The entrance of the cave is very narrow. The entrance is well lit but the inside of the cave is dark and mysterious. There are huge halls inside the cave which look like amphitheater. There is water dripping constantly from the roofs. The roof and the floor of the cave joins together to form pillar.
Mawsmai cave is situated at Mawsmai village in Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. It lies close to the Nohsngithiang falls. The cave is situated at a distance of 6 kms from the Sohra market, in the direction of the Bangladesh border. Mawsmai cave is also known as Krem Phyllut. It is the primary attraction of the Mawsmai village. The Mawsmai cave is made of limestone. The cave is the only one to be lighted. The cave can be divided into two parts, old and the new.
There are narrow passages inside the caves where one has to crawl or kneel down to pass through. This adds to the charm and excitement related to the cave. Tourists are thrilled and hugely excited while passing through the narrow passages. The interiors of the cave are naturally decorated with stalagmites and stalactite which lay scattered around the cave. Varied forms of life could also be spotted around the cave. Various small plants, algae, moss and insects species could be seen in side the cave. The cave opens at 9 am and closes at 4.30 pm for the tourists.
Khoh Ramhah is also known as Motrop. It is a single rock formation in the form of a giant cone. According to legendary belief it was the fossilized cone shaped basket of an evil giant. The rock formation lies near to the two other similar rocks standing like a pair of giant sentinels. During monsoon water flows between the rocks. The site of the waterfall is awe-inspiring. The site is flocked by tourists round the year. It is ideal as a picnic spot because of its breathtaking beauty. The plains of Bangladesh could be seen from the Khoh Ramhah site. It changes its color along with the season. it looks fresh and green with moss during summers and starts fading when winter comes.
The Khasi Monoliths are memorials where the ashes of the dead people are deposited in cairns or cenotaphs, commemorating memorable events. They consist of labyrinth of underground passages. The Khasi monoliths are scattered in and around the Khasi Hills. The monoliths date back to several hundred years back. The upright stones generally represent men. They are of considerable size. They are sometimes of 20 feet or more above the ground. All around Cherrapunji Khasi monoliths could be seen lying scattered. They are there in and around the place with different designs and sizes. Some are located within localities while some are a little outspread.