Cycling in wonderland Myanmar
Cycling from Mandalay – Bagan
Yangon – Mandalay – Bagan – Yangon (6 Days / 5 Nights)
Day 1: Yangon / Mandalay (by flight) & Mandalay sightseeing (by car)
In the morning you will transfer to airport for the flight to Mandalay, the second largest city boasting its rich cultural heritage represents a Buddhist city of conservative culture and traditional art. Mandalay was the last capital (1860–1885) of the last independent Burmese Kingdom before annexation by the British after the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1885. On the way to Mandalay city you may wander through Paleik, an unspoiled site that’s home to hundreds of temples and pagodas. Famous Mahagandayon monastery at Amarapura, may be the largest Buddhist University in the country where you can witness thousands of monks studying together. In the late afternoon, visit Golden Palace Monastery, the most well known wooden monastery in the country, famous for its intricate carvings. It is the only original building from Mandalay Palace having miraculously survived the bombings of WWII. Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the biggest book in the world with hundreds of marble slabs inscribed with the entire Buddhist Canon. Enjoy the sunset from Mandalay Hill and enjoy the panoramic view of the plain.
Day 2: Mandalay sightseeing (by car)
The day begins with the colorful Zegyo market strolling around and experience the daily life of the people. Visit Mahamuni Temple – the most revered pagoda in Mandalay, the Royal Palace (read the Glass Palace), which houses a huge bronze Buddha image covered in thick layers of gold is one of the three holiest places in Myanmar. It is always crowded with pious devotees from all over the country. Mandalay is the center of arts and crafts. Here you will visit the gold leaf making workshop, where 24K gold is transformed into super thin gold leaves using only precise hammer blows, a technique which even hi-tech equipment cannot match. Witness also the marble carving street, where thousands of Buddha images are made. This afternoon before the sunset, you may visit the traditional cotton and silk weavers whose ancestors used to weave beautiful robes for the royalties. The weaving of silk longyi is so intricate and colorful that they can only finish an inch a day and it is truly astounding.
At sunset, visit the most picturesque U Bein Bridge on Taungthaman Lake, a half-mile long teak span also known as the longest teak bridge in the world.
Day 3: Mandalay – Bagan (by car & by bike)
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a journey to Bagan (280 km). On the way sightseeing you could visit several villages by bike along the way to Bagan. In evening you will get to Bagan and transfer to hotel.
Day 4: Bagan sightseeing (by car)
The Bagan Archaeological site is one of the richest archaeological sites in Asia and it is the main tourist attraction in Myanmar and considered as one of Asia’s holiest cities along with Varanasi and Jerusalem by archaeologists, historians and photographers thanks to the greatest collection of Buddhist sculptures, lavishly decorated with mural paintings and plaster carvings from the 11th to 13th centuries. During its golden age in the 12th century, Bagan was known as “the city of four million pagodas”. While Kublai Khan and several massive earthquakes have reduced that inflated number drastically, what remains is quite incredible. Over the next day’s we’ll visit several small villages, the museum and the principal pagodas, including: Shwezigon Pagoda, the first monument built in Myanmar Style, the prototype for later pagodas is one of the oldest and loveliest temples and remains an important place of devotion for the Burmese; Ananda Temple, the masterpiece of the early style temple architecture Built in 1066, the gilded and whitewashed Ananda is among the most elegant temples, with delicate decorations in glazed tiles along its base and terraces; Gubyaukgyi Temple, displays a strong influence of Indian culture; Shwesandaw pagoda- displays a strong influence of Mon influence with a steep stairway directed to the terraces for a superb view from the upper level. Late this afternoon, climb on top of one of the tall temples and watch the sun drop into distant hills and experience peaceful, tranquil moment and indescribable magical power of Bagan.
Day 5: Bagan sightseeing (by car)
This morning after breakfast, visit Nyaung Oo Market, then proceeded to Sulamani temple, Shwegugyi Temple, and Minanthu village. Bagan is also famous as the centre of Myanmar’s thriving lacquer-ware industry. In the afternoon, the tour includes a stop at a local lacquer -ware workshop to watch the skilled artisans at work on the various stages over a period of six months. Then proceed to old Bagan for a pony cart tour among the temples; Tayokpye, Htilominlo and Thatbyinnyu Temple before sunset. Evening enjoy Bagan’s most popular sunset at Bu Paya overlooking view to Ayeyarwaddy River. Enjoy these magical moments.
Day 6: Bagan / Yangon (by flight)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the airport for the flight back to Yangon.