In the morning your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Mandalay and begin the Inwa Tour Sightseeing.
We begin our Mingun day trip with a relaxing boat trip on the mighty Ayeyarwaddy River as far as the brilliant-white Pagoda of Hsinbyume Paya, designed to resemble the mythological Buddhist mountain, Mt Meru. The nearby Mingun Paya Stupa is also unique in the region, in as far as it has never been completed. Having been commissioned by King Bodawpaya in 1790, construction was halted abruptly upon an astrologer’s prediction that the King would die should the Stupa be completed. We can still see, however, the 90-ton bell that was made for the stupa, which remains the largest in the world.
After lunch, we enjoy a short boat ride to the former Royal Capital of Inwa, where we will enjoy a traditional horse-drawn carriage tour of the ruins. Highlights of our visit include the Nanmyint Watchtower, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery and of course the beautiful Bargayar Monastery, constructed entirely of solid teak. Just to the north of Ava, we visit the expansive Tha Byae Tan Fortress which dates back to the late 1800’s before making our final stops will be at the Lay Htat Gyi and Yadana Sinme pagodas.
Continuing our tour, we visit the former capital of Myanmar, Amarapura, where we enjoy a traditional silk weaving demonstration. The comparatively modern monastery of Mahagandayon is famous throughout the country and offers us a fascinating insight into the lives of the hundreds of monks and novices who live here. Our final stop of the day is at U Bein Bridge where we enjoy the fabulous sunset view before returning to your hotel in Mandalay.