Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby at 8:00 a.m. and transport you about one half hour to one of the capitals of the Kongboung dynasty the city of Amarapura.
Your first stop will be the extraordinary Buddhist monastery of Mahagandayon, where typically more than a thousand monks live and study.
The Mahagandayon Monastery was established in 1908 as a meditation monastery for forest-dwelling monks. Today the monastery is one of Myanmar’s most respected centers for the study of Buddhism. Here you will have the opportunity to learn more about Buddhism through interactions with the resident monks.
After your monastery visit your will be transported to explore the area’s most famous site, the world’s longest teak bridge, the 236 year old U Bein Bridge. Built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was a royal capital the walking bridge spans the width of Taungthman Lake.
This area is well known for its fine cotton and silk weaving. Your final stop will be to visit a traditional handwoven silk workshop. Here you will have an opportunity to shop before you move on to the island of Inwa.
Visit to the former Royal Capital of Inwa (Ava) with local boat (10 minutes) located on an island between the Ayeyarwady and the Myitnge Rivers. Visit Inwa by charming horse-drawn carriage, passing through the ancient’s city walls to visit a brick and continue the visit to the impressive monastery of Maha Aungmye Bonzan, built of brick and stucco, as well as the Bargayar Monastery, famous for its ornate woodcarvings and teak posts (also known as Ok Kyaung). Visit to the Nanmyint Watch Tower (outside), the remains of the palace building nicknamed ‘leaning tower of Ava’.
Then visit Kaunghmudaw Pagoda and enjoy sunset over the panoramic view at the top of the Sagaing Hill. Drive back to Mandalay and transfer to the hotel.
Note:before you may enter this holy site you must be properly dressed with your shoulders and knees covered. You will also be required to remove your shoes and socks to enter all Buddhist temples in Myanmar.