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.
A bamboo hanging bridge in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh…
This Changlang district is a gift of nature with unspoilt and virgin beauty. The district enjoys strategic importance being part of the Indian Corridor of SE Asia, Myanmar, China and Far-East. The WW-II famous Pangsau Pass and Stilwell Road passing through it are in this district.
The larger parts of this south-eastern district of AP are rugged and mountainous covered by evergreen thick forest of the Great Patkai Mountain range. The picture of the bamboo hanging bridge was taken on our way from Manmao to Borsatum village(a 30 km trek) over river Namchik. The Borsatum village(inhabited by Mossangs, a sub-tribe of Tangsa) is located near Indo-Myanmar border. The trek is very demanding and we had to pass a three km stretch through a thick bamboo forest very carefully and bending most of the time. However, the crystal clear streams on our way and the abundant beauty of an evergreen forest wiped out all other aspects. The area is inhabited by Tangsa tribe – a colourful tribe of the district.
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