Bagan’s Sacred Mountains and Villages
Mountains and Villages
One of the reasons to extend a Bagan stay is to get immersed in what lies beyond its archaeological
borders. Proud of its heritage, recognizing the divinity flowing through the plains,
this full-day local encounter is a testimony of the state’s diversity.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Bagan is more than just an archaeological site. Surrounding the Myingyan plain and along the Ayeyarwaddy river lies more than meets the eye. The region is rich in fables and myths and has been the goal for many local Buddhist pilgrims paying respect to nature and mountain ranges.
A full-day excursion that will bring the visitor deeper in understanding the local means of interpretation and its close-proximity living to the mountains and the river is what we offer during this excursion out of Bagan. We also take a sneak peek into the daily lives of farmers and how they continue to battle the elements, providing the freshest produce.
09:00 - 18:00
At around 9 am, your guide and driver will be ready in your hotel lobby to bring you to the local boat jetty. A private boat awaits you, and at a leisurely pace, cruises for approximately 1 hour on the famous Ayeyarwaddy River to the starting point of this tour. Myanmar’s largest and longest river flows from north to south Myanmar and is considered the nation’s most important commercial waterway. Over 2,100 kilometres in length, it is actually hugging the Bagan town border makes it a fabulous means for divine exploration.
After reaching the western riverbank of the Ayeyarwaddy River a car will take you for a 30-minute drive on a bumpy road to the top of one of the four holy mountains that are famous among local pilgrims. The story goes that if one can complete the visit of all four mountains before midday, one will be granted a wish to be fulfilled. The pagodas enshrine reliquaries of the great Buddha. These inclines in the overall semi-arid landscape that houses one of the world’s most phenomenal sites of the ancient world will showcase the diversity of the Mandalay Division and its rustic side. Void of western influences, filled with authenticity, natural and human encounters during this morning, it will leave visits elated.
Return to Bagan for a late lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit some farming villages around Bagan that gives an insight into the lives of the local people. These residents have been using farming techniques that have been passed on for generations. Aside from ploughing, harvesting and sowing, staying true to ancient techniques and respecting the work of generations also finds its way in these villages through handicraft. A testament to how local craftsmanship prevails in a rural setting is not to be left aside.
In the late afternoon, return to Bagan, where we expect to arrive at 6 pm.