Meandering Through Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing
Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing
This almost obligatory exploration beyond the Mandalay city borders actually does not need
any introduction. Names such as Amarapura and Sagaing that evoke floods of spiritual
and historical euphoria are captured perfectly through this full day excursion
WHY THIS TOUR?
Located about 600 kilometres North of Yangon on the Ayeyarwaddy River, Mandalay is the centre of Myanmar culture. It was outstanding in the past, holds the stage now and will continue to be a place of pride in the future.
Within the near vicinity of Mandalay are some of Myanmar’s best-known destinations that will bring visitors back to the 18th century are represent the finest examples of the spiritual importance and the birth place of the country’s cultural values. With visits to Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing, you will encounter the pinnacle of the former Shan Kingdom.
08:00 - 18:00
We will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay and transfer in the direction of Amarapura, around 15 kilometres south of Mandalay. The morning starts at the Mahagadayon Monastery, a famous Buddhist monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue afterwards to the iconic U Bein teak bridge built in 1782 when Amarapura was Royal Capital. Spanning the Taungthaman Lake, this 1,2-kilometre long bridge is the longest teak footbridge in the world. It is often busy with locals ‘commuting’ back and forth which makes for an attractive photo opportunity. Following our path further, we head out to Bagaya Monastery, known for its superb collection of Buddha statues.
After lunch in a local restaurant, continue to the former Royal Capital at Ava that includes a short boat trip, where further exploration by horse-cart offers the opportunity to discover the picturesque ruins and surrounding countryside at a relaxed and more tranquil pace. Sightseeing will include the teak monastery of Bagaya Kyaung with impressive ornate woodcarvings, and the former royal monastery temple known as Maha Aungmye Bonzan, completely built of brick and stucco. Also the top of Nanmyin will be part of this visit, affording great views of the surrounding area. Called “the Leaning Tower of Ava“, this important relic remains the only tangible landmark of the old palace building.
Our final stop of the day will be at Sagaing. Sagaing is considered to be the living centre of Buddhism in Myanmar and the hundreds of monasteries and temples reverberate with the echoes of cymbals, gongs and pagoda bells. There will be time to explore the most important temples and pagodas in the area. The place makes an excellent stop for the day, as many devout Buddhist choose the Sagaing Hill for its beautiful sunsets. Return back to Mandalay and arrive in the late afternoon / early evening back in your booked hotel.