This is a perfect package for those who wish to see every major attraction in a week. This tour will captivate those of you who are interested in Yangon’s unique landmarks and historical heritage. In addition to the countless pagodas in Bagan, you will have the chance to visit Popa, an oasis in the dry land of central Myanmar. The boat trip to Mingun will give you a glimpse of the river life. Mingun Stupa and the world’s biggest ringing bell are the most popular sites in the region.
The main highlight of the tour is Inwa, which was home to Myanmar kings for over six centuries in all and the longest surviving city in Myanmar history. It still retains evocative temples, stupas and monasteries, the finest of them being Konbaung structures of the early 1800s. Horse-carts driving down a tree-lined road on a tour of the ruins of Inwa is an enjoyable trip.
Upon arrival of Yangon International Airport (a.m arrival), your journey starts with a visit to the Chaukhtatgyi Pagoda, a magnificent reclining Buddha Image and Sule Pagoda, said to be as old as 2000 years, standing at the heart of the city as the central reference point from where all the major streets of Yangon radiate. The sightseeing includes Kandawgyi(Royal Lake),an oasis in the middle of the bustling city, where floats a large structure known as the Karaweik, modelled after a royal barge used by Burmese kings. The lake itself is a unique place for taking scenic pictures with Shwedagon Pagoda in the background. Complete a day tour in Yangon with an extended visit to one of the sacred landmarks of Myanmar, Shwedagon Pagoda. You will have a chance to walk round in 360 degree the golden stupa enshrining the Buddha’s sacred hairs. Overnight in Yangon.
Breakfast and check out from the hotel early. Transfer to the Domestic Airport terminal and fly to Bagan, Myanmar’s first Empire founded in the 11 Century AD. Arrival in Bagan and start visiting the Nyaung U local market where colorful flowers and kinds of vegetable are up for sale. Proceed to the Shwezigon Pagoda, considered to be one of the oldest and built by King Anawrahta, who founded the First Myanmar Empire. Shwezigon is an important pilgrimage site for the local Buddhists as it enshrines a number of sacred Buddhist relics. Continue to the Wetkyi-In-Gubyaukgyi Temple, a temple famous for its artistic mural paintings and other ornamental artworks; Ananda Temple, believed to be Bagan’s holiest and most artistic temple. In the afternoon, visit Thatbyinnyu Temple, the highest temple in Bagan and Dhammayangyi Temple,the largest edifice in Bagan similar to a pyramid. You will also have the chance to sight Bagan’s famous handicraft of Lacquerware productions in Myinkaba village. Afterward, proceed to some more temples and pagodas including the Manuha Temple, built by a Mon king imprisoned in Bagan and Lawkananda Pagoda, one of Bagan’s oldest pagodas.Complete the tour by enjoying sunset across the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River from atop a temple. Overnight in Bagan.
Breakfast and morning visit to Mt. Popa, 46 km away from south of Bagan, the core of an extinct volcano. Popa is the equivalent of Greece’s Mt Olympia since it is home to Myanmar’s most powerful nats (spirits). There you will climb a total of 777 steps along the stairway to reach the top of the Taungkalat (pedestal hill), sheer-sided volcanic plug,that sits 657 metre above sea level, and enjoy the scenic beauty of Mt Popa and the pleasant greenery. On the way back to Bagan, you will stop and explore how traditional cottage industry of toddy palm juice production is helping local people earn their living. In the afternoon, continue visiting further temples including Tayok Pye Temple in Min Nan Thu Village, Payathonzu and Nandamannya Temples (built in the 13th Century AD),famous for their excellent mural paintings. Overnight in Bagan.
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Mandalay. Start visiting the Mahamuni Buddha Image, one of the most important religious sites for Buddhist pilgrims. After then, proceed to explore Mandalay’s traditional arts and crafts industries such as marble stone carving, wood carving and gold leaf making workshops. Then, visit the Shwe In Bin Monastery, typical Myanmar architecture made of teak wood and supported by 164 pillars. In the afternoon, visit Shwenandaw Kyaung (Golden Palace Monastery), a traditional wooden building, which was once a royal palace chamber. And proceed toKuthodaw Pagoda, where “world’s biggest book”(2013 UNESCO registered World Heritage site)is on display in the form of 729 marble slabs on which the entire Buddhist canon is inscribed. Complete Mandalay tour with enjoying the sunset from atop the Mandalay Hill. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today, take a boat trip on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River few kilometers upstream to Mingun,where you will visit the unfinished Mingun stupa; the Mingun Bell, the world’s largest ringing bell weighing 90 tonnes; and nearby Mya Thein Tan Pagoda, built in a style different from most pagodas in Myanmar. Take the boat back to Mandalay. In the afternoon, visit Inwa (Ava), the ancient royal city of Myanmar kings. Ride a horse-cart to Bagaya Monastery, a teakwood structure with 267 big pillars built in 1834, which is a small monastic school now; to the Ava watch tower;the old palace compound before rounding up the visit to the Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (Mae Nu Oak Kyaung), an impressive brick monastery built and donated by the chief queen of King Bagyidaw. Drive back to Amarapura and complete the visit with a stroll on the U Bein Bridge, 1.2 km long teak footbridge, the longest of its kind in the World. Overnight in Mandalay.
Today transfer to airport for flight to Heho. On arrival, drive to the jetty town Nyaungshwe to visit Inle Lake. Stop by the Shwe Yan Pyay Wooden Monasteryen route to Inle, and look around the monastery adorned with oval-shaped wooden windows and how the novices are studying. Ride boats in Inle, 22-km-long/10-km-wide natural lake, surrounded by the mountains of the Shan Plateau. Stops in Inle include Phaungdawoo Pagoda, the most sacred shrines located in the lake;Inpawkhon village where silk is produced from fibres extracted from lotus flowers; local blacksmith and cheroot making workshops in Nampan village; the Nga Hpe Chaung Monastery, an old wooden one,with a collection of antique Buddha images. It was formerly famous for the jumping cats. During this excursion, you can see leg rowers, fishermen, flooding gardens and flooding market in Inle Lake. Boat ride to hotel on the lake.
This day’s lake visit starts with a local market. After then, a boat journey out to Indein village about 15 minutes on a small creek stretching from the lake westward. Reach Indein Pagoda and walk through 403 pillars of the Pagoda’s long corridor to visit the 11th-Century pagodas built with Shan architectural designs. In the afternoon, proceed to visit local silversmith workshops in Ywama village. Complete the day with explorations of the lake people’s lifestyle: Floating Islands and gardens made from the naturally tangled roosts water hyacinth plants and reeds, and fishermen who balance and row with one leg, fishing style of the local lake people called “Intha”.
After breakfast, check out and leave the hotel. Boat transport to Nyaungshwe. Travel to Heho Airport by car to fly back to Yangon.
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