The last capital of Konboung Dynasty, Mandalay was established by King Mindone in 1857. It lies on the Eastern bank of Ayeyawaddy River, Mandalay is 668 km from Yangon and serves the commercial hub for upper Myanmar. Being the last King’s capital, the surrounding area boasts rich cultural heritage. Well maintained impressive cultural buildings, visitors can experience royalty influenced locals with their rich cultural and spiritual splendor. Despite changes over the decades, Mandalay remains strong Buddhism civilization proving to reside a majority of monks in Myanmar. Mandalay is the home for its exquisite handcrafts such as hand-woven embroidery in silk and cotton, the incredible process of making gold leaves, wood and stone carving. Assorted and colorful local markets are also popular in Mandalay. Biking around the city, Mandalay is named the bike city of Myanmar, where locals use bike for their daily activities. Mandalay is surrounded with ancient cities which are considered to be historical gems such as magnificent pagodas and royal palaces. Many of these are remained untouched while some are refurbished without affecting its traditional style. Squared built city has numerous mansions along its wide lanes in downtown area. Mandalay has easy access from Yangon, Bagan, and many other destinations. Yangon - Mandalay rail is once a prime connecting route between lower and upper Myanmar. Travelers can also explore small towns and villages through newly opened motorway from Yangon. Mandalay International Airport serves scheduled and charter flights from neighboring countries, which considered as the second gateway of Myanmar.