Meghalayas is a state in the north-east of India. The name is a Sanskrit word which means “Abode of Clouds” and about one third of the state is covered in forests. The forests are incredibly rich with biodiversity but also haunted by illegal mining. The capital city is Shillong which is one of the smallest cities in India. Tourists will struggle to find flights to Shillong and are likely to have to opt to a flight to somewhere like Kolkata and then fly Air India to Shillong.
The video below shows truly amazing living bridges ‘built’ from fig trees. They take two generations to grow but are able to survive the monsoon storms that make Meghalayas one of the wettest places on Earth.
In Pure Spirit
Are you impressed or do find the fig tree bridges to be underwhelming? Would the area be better off investing in traditional, human constructed, infrastructure instead? Is it practical to rely on bridges that take two generations of family to construct?