(Today we reversed the previous two rides and are back in Guwahati. Tomorrow we head northwest. Ride report tomorrow)
The location of this post is close to the village of Mawsynram, the place with the highest rainfall in the world. 467 inches a year (vs. Vancouver’s 45 inches), most between June and September.
We took a little beater cab for 30 minutes from our hotel at dawn, from the small town of Cherapunjee, to as far south as you get by road here. The drive is through a forest and along a mountain escarpment to the tiny village of Nongriat
There, being foreigner we had to hire a guide for the descent to one of the most famous oddities in NE India. It’s a brutal 3000 steps down 2500′. They’re concrete, built to serve the remote few valley homes, and a church
Came across this giant stick insect
To this, a bridge made from roots of a tree (Ficus elastica) for hundreds of years by the tribesmen of the Khasi people
It takes 15 to 20 years to train the roots across and for them to bond and structurally strengthen. Then they last as long as the tree, sometimes 200 years.
It took 3 hours to return, really hard!