The Otherworldly Side of Bagan

The Otherworldly Side
of Bagan

Tales of a bygone era with stone remains that oozes royalty and serenity, Bagan is an explorers’
playground in the finest sense of the word. A dazzling collection of still-in-use temples
adorn Bagan’s horizon, destined to leave an ever-lasting impression.

WHY THIS TOUR?

One of the most remarkable sights in South-East Asia, Bagan has inspired visitors to Myanmar for nearly 1000 years. The kingdom of Bagan took root in the 8th century but only rose to glory as capital of the First Kingdom of Myanmar in the early 11th century.

Ancient chronicles say that there were once 4446 temples over its vast plains, but today only around 2200 remain, as recorded by UNESCO in 1988.Many of the temples were architectural wonders of their time and still inspire awe among visitors. An introduction to the temples of Bagan is a path that leads to more Bagan exploration.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Otherworldly Side of Bagan

14:00 - 17:00

Our guide and driver will pick you up at around 2 pm for guiding you along with the most significant pagodas and temples of Bagan. Our first stop will be at the Shwezigon Pagoda, built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th century as a religious shrine. The Shwezigon Pagoda’s name was derived from Ground of Victory Jeyyabhumi and was associated with the two great kings Anawrahta and Kyansitta for their backing of the Buddhist religion. A well-preserved monument, consecrated by one of the most notable royalties of old Bagan, it truly is all awe and splendour when entering the compound of the gilded Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung U.

Following this visit, we head out to the Gu Byauk Gyi. The temple is a fine example of Bagan’s grandeur during its royal heyday. Its outstanding architecture and it is one of the largest religious complexes still in use makes it a temple not to be missed.

As the Bagan temples are located on this plain, visuals from the immense site are some of the features we cannot pass by. The Ananda Temple is one of the more recognizable ones in the region with four magnificent standing Buddha images. It has taken a unique spot in the landscape of pagodas and temple ruins, thus cannot be left aside. Constructed during the 11th century, it is one of Bagan’s best known and most beautiful temples, mainly for its magnificent standing Buddha images.

Sunsets across Bagan are spectacular, taking in gently-rolling hills and the winding Ayeyarwaddy River. At the end of this half-day tour, guests will enjoy these sweeping landscapes from this elevated viewing point nearby Bagan. After the sun has set, we comfortably bring you back to your hotel in Bagan.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half 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

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bagan Archaeological Site entrance 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 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.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs. This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply-spiritual encounter.
  • 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.
  • his tour is operated only in the afternoon.

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