Hanging bridges of Arunachal Pradesh

Hanging bridge at Damro village, Upper Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh, India

This type of suspension bridges are made by hanging Iron or steel cables consisting of many strands of wire(called wire rope) that are anchored at either end. Several locally procured thick cane hoops are held between suspension cables with a walkway made of halved bamboo(which are tied with cables using cane strands) at the base of the hoops. Canes and wires are used again for intermittent side paneling as protection. The bridge is used by villagers to reach their cultivating fields( mostly shifting cultivations) on the western side across river Yamne. This bridge is one of the longest hanging bridges in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Damro village is one of the largest villages in Upper Siang District inhabited by 8 different clans of Adi tribe. In 2000, there were 315 households in the village. The village has a special pride in the district having produced several political leaders, Doctors, Engineers, teachers and Government officials till date. The tribesmen of the village are believers of “Donyi-Poloism”, centred on the worship of the sun and the moon and has a distinct colourful culture. Damro village has a special mention in “ 10 New Unheard Destinations in India” by the Conde Nast Traveller India.

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