Mount Popa and its Surrounding Villages

Mount Popa and its
Surrounding Villages

Inked in as the birthplace of Buddhists spirits, Mount Popa draws visitors from near and far.
Shrouded by the animistic presence of the nats, stories and sagas fill the day with a
visit to a charming village with sustainable intensions outside Bagan.

WHY THIS TOUR?

The name Mount Popa is synonymous with Buddhism and worshipping the ‘nats’. The spiritual headquarters of the pre-Buddhist spirits known as ’37 nats’ and hence a place of worship, Mt Popa proper is an extinct volcano within Popa Mountain Park whereas the temple itself is located on Popa Taung Kalat.

Not only a visit to Mount Popa will cover this day; part of nature conservation by local villagers has not gone unnoticed, and the protection of this rare hardwood has gained international recognition. A walk through this unique forest will gain further insight in not only the preservation methods but more than that.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Mount Popa and its Surrounding Villages

08:00 - 18:00

In the morning, pick up from your hotel in Bagan by your guide and driver and head out towards Mount Popa. The extinct volcano is visible from a distance with its pagodas and stupas towering majestically on top. Mount Popa is the home to animist spirits known as ‘nats’, and you will have time to climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top of the peak. At the foot of the mountain, you will observe Nat Shrine contains a display of mannequin-like figures representing the 37 Nats and is a major pilgrimage destination. There will be the opportunity to explore the fascinating monasteries, stupas and shrine that abound plus, of course, enjoy the dramatic and mammoth-size view back across the Myingyan Plain.

Lunch is included at a leading resort before we make our way back in the direction of Bagan. On the way back to Bagan, a stop will be made at a local palm tree plantation. This relaxing break will give you the chance to observe local working life with Palm trees.

Just outside Bagan lies the local village of Zee O, where you can also observe how the villagers there preserving their Sacred Forest of 16 hectares covered with over 600 Ingyinn trees. The Ingyinn trees are on the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. The villagers do not dare to take out even one small branch or leave for the fear of “the two guardian spirits” which inhabit the forest. Meet with the village head who will be happy to escort you walking inside the forest.

After that, it is also interesting to visit the village’s library and the clinic to see how they are operated for the village and nearby villages around. The village landmark a thousand-year-old Tamarind tree has been well preserved and deserves a photo stop.

We return to your hotel in Bagan where you will return at around 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
  • Lunch at a leading resort is included (food only)
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bagan Archaeological Site entrance fees
  • 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 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 regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Large part of this excursion includes walking up stairs. This may not suit guests with walking issues.
  • Bear in mind that such paths may turn slippery / muddy after a rain shower. We suggest wearing good walking shoes, preferred closed shoes, when booking this tour.
  • 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 local restaurant.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is 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.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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