Day(1) Mandalay

Arrival in Mandalay. The last capital of royal Burma, Mandalay is still one of the largest cities in Myanmar, and a cultural and spiritual center. Neighboring Sagaing is home to over sixty percent of the country's monks, while the artisans of Mandalay continue to turn out the finest crafts in Myanmar. SHWENANDAW KYAUNG: a monastery of great interest, not only as a fine example of a traditional Burmese wooden monastery, but as a fragile reminder of the old Mandalay Fort. At one time this building was part of the palace compex, and was used as an apartment by King Mindon and his chief queen, and it was here that he died. After Mindon's death, King Thibaw Min had the building dismantled and reassembled on its present site in 1880 as a monastery. KUTHODAW PAYA: the central stupa here was modeled on the Shwezigon Paya at Nyaung U near Bagan. Building commenced in 1857, at the same time as the royal palace. The paya has been dubbed 'the world's biggest book', for standing around the central stupa are 729 marble slabs on which are inscribed the entire Tripitaka. Visit Burmese candy making production Visit Jade Market. MANDALAY HILL: an easy climb up the sheltered steps bring one to a panoramic view over the palace, Mandalay and the paya-studded countryside. The famous hermit monk, U Khanti, is credited with inspiring the construction of many of the buildings on and around the hill in the years after the founding of the city. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day(2) Mandalay - Sagaing - Amarapura - Ava - Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Amarapura, Sagaing, and Inwa (Ava) This day tour visits three former royal capitals, each with its own unique atmosphere. In the morning, drive to AMARAPURA, and visit MAHAGANDAYON MONASTERY; every day at mid-morning, monks and novices line up to receive their daily offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Next, head to SAGAING, the spiritual center of Myanmar. Hundreds of stupas- , monasteries, temples and nunneries are to be found in Sagaing Hill, sometimes known as a living Bagan. Thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and contemplation. Stop at some of the most famous temples, such as SUN U PONYA SHIN PAYA, U MIN THONSEI PAYA and KAUNG HMU DAW PAYA. Cross the river by ferry to INWA (AVA), situated on the banks of the Irrawaddy River. Once a royal capital, Inwa (Ava) is now a quiet rural oasis. Enjoy a leisurely HORSECART RIDE around the peaceful countryside, briefly visiting BAGAYA KYAUNG, a beautiful teak wood monastery, MAHA AUNGMYAY BONZAN KYAUNG, and NAN MYINT TOWER. On the way, stop and observe how local artisans make the famous alms bowls out of iron. Finally, return to AMARAPURA, to end the day at U BEIN'S BRIDGE, a picturesque teak bridge which extends over one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake. At dusk, the bridge teems with monks and local people as they stroll home or linger to enjoy the colors of the sunset. Overnight in Mandalay.

Day(3) Mandalay - Monywa

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Mahamuni Paya for the Buddha face-washing ceremony (4 am) This extraordinary ceremony takes place at 4 am each morning. The resident monks take part in a ritual cleaning of the venerated Buddha image, wiping it with elaborate face cloths donated by the devout. In order to witness this ceremony, it is necessary to depart the hotel around 3 or 3.30 am. Visit Yadana Labamuni Hsu-taungpye Paya (Python Temple) The "Python Temple" is located in Paleik between Mandalay airport and downtown. The Python Temple has become widely known as the Snake Pagoda, or Hmwe Paya. In the 1970s, three pythons came into this pagoda and curled up next to the Buddha image. They never left and are being taken care of as vital part of the pagoda. By vehicle from Mandalay to Monywa Sightseeing in Monywa MONYWA: situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, Monywa is now the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar and serves as a major trade center for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley, especially beans, pulses and palm sugar. THANBODDHAY KAT KYAW PAYA: Every spare surface of this temple, inside and out, is covered with thousands of miniature Buddha images (almost 600,000 altogether); the cumulative effect is spectacularly colorful. SHWE GU NI PAYA: Shwe Gu Ni Paya is one of the most important pilgrimage site in Myanmar, due to its main zedi, which reportedly has the ability to grant wishes. RECLINING BUDDHA: Perched atop a hill, with spectacular views across the plain, this giant reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the country. BODDHI TATAUNG: A grove of banyan trees with a Buddha image at the base of each one. Overnight in Monywa.

Day(4) Monywa - Pakkoku - Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to the Pow Win Daung Caves Cross the Chindwin River by local ferry and continue westwards towards the Pow Win Daung caves by open jeep. POW WIN DAUNG: this mountain contains a series of caves set in the hillside along a meandering path and contains Buddha images and beautifully preserved murals dating from the 14th-16th centuries. SHWE BA TAUNG PAYA. Shrines and pavilions are carved into the sandstone hillside here, colorfully decorated with mosaics and Buddha images. Whimsical sculptures adorn the path and walls, such as a giant golden frog sitting by the road or an elephant carved to form a temple doorway. By vehicle from Monywa to Pakkoku On the way, stop at Ma-U Village. Take short walk and visit inscent sticks family workshop there. Then proceed to Pakkoku. By vehicle from Pakkoku to Bagan Overnight in Bagan.

Day(5) Bagan Sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel. Visit Nat Taung Kyaung Monastery for lunch offering to the monks by client and enjoy lunch in a monastery The client will have the unique opportunity to explore the monastic lives and the whole of monastery compound. Observe the monks having their last meal of the day in total silence and enjoy lunch in a monastery. Bagan is a spectacular plain stretching away from the Ayeyarwaddy River, dotted with thousands of 800-year old temple ruins. Although human habitation at Bagan dates back almost to the beginning of the Christian era, Bagan only entered its golden period with the conquest of Thaton in 1057 AD. The small villages around Bagan are known for producing the finest lacquerware in Myanmar. Stop by one of the workshops and learn about the painstaking process of laquerware making and decoration. ANANDA PAHTO: one of the finest, largest, best preserved and most revered of the Bagan temples. Thought to have been built around 1105 by King Kyanzittha, this perfectly proportioned temple heralds the stylistic end of the Early Bagan period and the beginning of the Middle period. Visit Shwezigon Pagoda SHWEZIGON PAGODA: Originally the Shwezigon Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa's graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar. Visit a pagoda for sunset Overnight in Bagan.

Day(6) Bagan

Breakfast at hotel. All day at leisure Overnight in Bagan.

Day(7) Bagan - Mandalay

Breakfast at hotel. By vehicle from Bagan to Mandalay Overnight in Mandalay.

Day(8) Mandalay Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer. Departure.

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