Sunspension bridge at pangin near along And Pasighat-Arunachal Pradesh

1500 feets Suspension bridge at pangin

1500 feets Suspension bridge at pangin

Suspension bridge at PANGIN

 How do you cross a suspension bridge? Just walk across it, right? In theory, yes. In practice, a very different proposition to Cross a fifteen hundred foot long cane suspension bridge at Pangin– at least in the case of the one at Pangin, 29 kms from Aalo (formerly Along) on the way to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

1500 feet suspension bridge at Pangin

Built for locals to cross over the fast flowing river Siang, just the sheer drop from the bridge to the river below can give one the creeps. When crossing it, the persistent wind drafts cause that pendulum swinging movement – something you feel only when you are actually on the bridge. What certainly doesn’t help matters is the state it is in: ground below (if you can call it that) is made of bamboo and some planks. All somehow put together but shaky in many parts. Non-existent in some. And looking like all coming apart. You don’t watch you footing and the leg could go through. No, it is unlikely you will take a plunge to the rapids below – the mesh holding it up looked sturdy – but a twisted ankle or a broken leg could well ruin your trip.
Did I get across? Yes. Surprisingly in only 7 minutes one way. Locals did much better. 3 minutes maximum. In flip-flops, not even sports shoes like me. With their backs holding up babies or loads of oranges in baskets.

 

sunspension bridge at pangin

sunspension bridge at pangin

 

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