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“Stunning!”

Double Decker Living Root Bridge
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 7 July 2014

It is like entering a fantasy world. No pictures will do justice to this place. The beautifully entwined living roots forming a bridge makes you feel inside a fantasy movie at once. If you miss this while you are in Cherrapunjee, you've missed it all.

4  Thank Samsain
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Such an enchanting place to visit. Nongriat, to me was definitely worth the three thousand and more steps, down and up. We started from Sohra early in the morning where the cab driver dropped us at the point where it was downhill all the way. What worried me more was coming back up the same way. So I would advise making staying back an essential option for this trip. The guest house is comfortable and it's wise to call before incase it is full. Mosquito repellents are must haves. Beware of scary moths in the room if the windows are opened.The food is delicious, simple and wholesome and there is a tendency that one can overeat as well. Butterflies of so many different colours and sizes make you think you are living in a fairy tale. Nongriat is a haven for people who need to relax and take time off. The living root bridges along the way are amazing. The iron bridges were a little scary though but the view from them is superb. The double decker bridge is definitely the star of the trip but you'll find the other things along the way are equally beautiful stars. A nice swim can be enjoyed near the waterfall close to the bridge. If you're up for more adventure, there is a different way of going back up. This route leads to the beautiful Nohkalikai falls. But if, you think it's a better way of avoiding the steps like I did, then you're in for a big treat. A firm, sturdy stick is necessary, not to chase wild animals, but to clear the big spiders and their webs along the way. Some parts along the way are unpaved but that's what makes the whole trip adventurous. And yes, sometimes, you would just feel like giving up and going back the same way you came from, also realising that you had come too far to go back. But, ofcourse, this is not a warning to deter anyone else from taking this route. It is just simple good advice. The time taken from heading from the guest house till the nohkalikai falls is approximately 5 hours going up with short 5 to 10 minutes stops taking pictures and catching your breath. There is the beautiful "rainbow waterfall" on that same route. There you can spend sometime relishing the beauty of the place. It gets a little steep and slippery on nearing the top. A little extra care is always helpful. On reaching the top, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset from the nohkalikai falls viewpoint, with some hot tea and honey. This trip is amazing. It gave me a good feeling, a sense of accomplishment! If I had to go again? I'd wait for a few years more but I would definitely! All the best and enjoy!

4  Thank DesireeKK84
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The trek to the Double Decker Root Bridge is not an easly one at all and any one with heart ailments, knee or other leg related problems, shortness of breath, high pressure should avoid this trek as there are very steep stairs (almost 3600) that one needs to climb down and climb back again. There are many insects , really pretty ones, to be found on the way. Many bee hives, butterflies, ants, wasps give good company. The trek in the monsoons could get very difficult as the stone and concrete stairs would get very slippery. Good shoes are absolutely necessary during the trek and walking sticks could also be of great help.

I had one problem that I found very very difficult to overcome. My height sickness. So, people with height sickness should be especially careful before doing this trek, as there are no railings, steep sharp turn over looking a deep valley and two long steel rope bridges over rivers running in full force before reaching the Double Decker root bridge. I could not make it till the end because it got very difficult for me to cross the steel bridges over the river. I made it, though, to the first smaller root bridge. It got extremely humid and I almost could not breathe. It is absolutely essential to wear light cotton clothes during the trek. Another problem is, there is no bathroom facility en route. As there are so many visitors to the place, the government should take some initiative to construct one or two pay and use toilets on this route.

The total trek is of 5 - 7 hours but it varies from person to person. However, despite all difficulties, it was indeed one of a kind experience.

5  Thank debolina_banerjee
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

I am so glad i finally went there it was the best trek ever and the beauty of the place is beyond comparisson n the best thing about it is that it has been untouch by man kind except for those thin bridge to cross the river. The stair were really steep so u should watch ur step 1 slip n u can end up loosing ur life so travel light and were good shoes there r around 3500 to 4000 stair so u need to start early.

2  Thank chrisleong
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The most unique place I've ever been to. The local people are really friendly and the home stay next to the bridge is lovely

Thank PatrickCam
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