Welcome to Inwa
Since 1364, Inwa (အင္းဝ), formerly known as Ava, has had four stints as the royal capital of the Burmese people. Indeed, upper Burma was often referred to as the ‘Kingdom of Ava’, even well after the royal court abandoned Inwa for Amarapura in 1841. Despite its rich history, the site today is a remarkably rural backwater sparsely dotted with ruins, monastic buildings and stupas. It’s a world away from the hustle of Mandalay, which is a big part of its charm. Many visitors like to explore by horse cart, and while this can be appealing, cycling allows more flexibility, village stops and human interactions.
The Mandalay 'combo ticket' is theoretically required to visit Inwa, but it's only checked if you enter Bagaya Kyaung or Maha Aungmye Bonzan.