Did you know that Mandalay and its surroundings altogether display more religious sites than Bagan? Surrounded by Sagaing, the religious heart of Mandalay, and Ancient Capitals, the city boasts hundreds of temples, monasteries and pagodas. This half day tour will bring away from the bustle of the city to explore the spiritual Sagaing Hills, covered with 600 ivory colored pagodas, and the Ancient Capital of Amarapura which houses U Bein bridge, the longest teak bridge in the world.
HighlightsPrivate tourKnowledgeable and friendly guideUntouristy temples and monasteries in SagaingDeeper understanding of Buddhism religionBeautiful sunset at U Bein Bridge Your guide will arrive to your hotel (within city area) in the morning for full day excursion in Mandalay.The day will begin with an expedition to investigate the previous capitals of Amarapura and Sagaing. Cross the bridge over the Irrawaddy River in to Sagaing. With 600 ivory colored pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is generally seen as the spiritual hub of Myanmar and claims residence to around 3,000 monks and nearly 100 meditation shrines.You’ll visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin, U Min Thone Sae and Shin Pin Nan Gyaing Shwe Taung Oo Maw. Continue to Sagaings local market, a less visited tourist site. We’ll head over to a small pottery village which is recognized for manufacturing ubiquitous water pots to observe the tradesmen here applying their traditional methods for producing their goods.The afternoon’s activities will kick off with a visit to Amarapura, Myanmar’s penultimate royal capital. Amarapura means “City of Immortality”, though its period as capital was relatively brief. First you’ll stop at a silk weaving workshop known for their exquisite merchandise. Continue to Mahagandayon monastery, home to more than a thousand young monks and renowned as a centre for monastic study and strict religious discipline. Once the sun starts to set, you’ll want to stroll along the legendary U Bein Bridge, which was built in 1782 when Amarapura was the Royal center of attention. It spans 1.2 km across the shallow Taungthaman Lake and is said to be the longest teakwood bridge worldwide. Enjoy this very special atmosphere as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows and illuminates the local people heading home.As a stunning day comes to an end head back to Mandalay hotel for the night.