Bagan’s Sacred Mountains and Villages

Bagan’s Sacred
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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Bagan’s Sacred Mountains and Villages

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch en route is included (food only)
  • Return ferry crossing across the Ayeyarwaddy

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bagan Archaeological zone fees
  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Old and New Bagan. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Nyaung Oo, Mount Popa, river cruise ports and Bagan’s Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of lunch box en route.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight.
  • A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Sand, dust and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.

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