The Genesis of Root Bridge, the advocate of thoughtful travel, was a dream of some thoughtful travelers who happen to be also development experts, researchers, writers, tourism specialists and friends- the ones who fell in love with North East India and Eastern Himalayas. The name Root Bridge is taken from the great living Root Bridges of Meghalaya. Living Root Bridges are architectural wonders of the world, handmade by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau, using the aerial roots of trees. The malleable tree roots are made to grow through betel tree trunks which have been placed across rivers and streams until the figs’ roots attach themselves to the other side. This process can take many years to complete. Indeed, creating these living bridges is basically undertaken as a gift for the next generation. Those who actually started making a root bridge may not have crossed that bridge in his or her life.
We also believe in the concept and wanted to create a noble way of thoughtful travel that extends across generations. And moreover as traveling – it creates a Root Bridge between people.
Created as Responsible Travel entity and advocacy group, Root Bridge is now extending its activities. Thanks to the experience acquired over time, Root Bridge is now operational as a consultancy firm for both government and companies willing to develop their operations in the fields of responsible tourism, destination development and livelihood programmes.
Learning from people
Travelling is by far considered as the best practical education as you come in face to face and new people. When you travel with another soul, the education enriches. This is some of the experience and knowledge enrichment of the staff while guiding our guest or working with community.
One of our guest with our story teller Ajanta, while exploring through Meghalaya, decided to rescue the a puppy from the streets. Ajanta says, she always wanted to adopt a dog, but never had the courage. However the impulsive act of kindness from the guest, made her more open to going out and helping animals more than ever before. The puppy, named as Shillong, is now with Ajanta and she is adorable and irresistible like Shillong- the Scotland of East. Shillong story is just a story among many other similar stories.
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