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Majestic Monuments Tour

7 Days/6 nights

Tour code: GDT 001

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Day 1 Arrive Yangon by morning flight. Meet and greet at airport by your friendly guide. Check in to your hotel and after a brief rest start your journey to see the majestic monuments around Yangon. Your tour will start with the visit to Botataung Pagoda on the banks of the Yangon River. The name means "1000 military officers" as legend says King Okkalapa of Yangon received at this place the Holy Hairs of Lord Buddha accompanied by 1000 military officers at this place from the two merchant brothers Tapussa and Balika who were fortunate to meet Lord Buddha in person and were give 8 Holy Hairs to take back and worship. The next stop would be Sule Pagoda right in the middle of Yangon. This pagoda also has a history dating back into antiquity and also said to contain the Holy Hairs of Lord Buddha inside the structure. Nearby is the Maha Bandoola Park. During the British colonial times it was called Fytche Square but after Independence renamed Maha Bandoola Park to honour the great Myanmar general during the 1st Anglo-Myanmar War of 1824. In the centre of the Park is the Independence Monument to mark the country's Independence in 1948. Lunch at local restaurant.

Another visit to another pagoda but this time a Reclining Buddha statue called "Chauk Htat Gyii". It is not really that old but the immense size of the statue makes it a worthwhile visit, just to marvel at the workmanship. Note the unique glass eyes that seem to follow you as you circumnavigate the statute. There are also numerous Buddhist monasteries surrounding this pagoda. Shwedagon Pagoda would of course be the time for sunset. Also as the day cools down the pagoda would be crowded with local devotees as well as foreign visitors who come to pray and wonder at this one and the only Buddhist pagoda in the world. Rising above 100 metres and covered in gold the structure glistens in the fading light and the numerous precious gems on the Holy Umbrella that crowns the top reflect the last rays of the sun. Dinner and Back to the hotel for rest.

bagan-01Day 2 Fly out to Bagan by early flight. Bagan has the distinction of being the 1st Myanmar Empire that consolidated under the legendary King Anawrahta and King Kyansittha in the early 10th century. The ancient city of Bagan is studded with more than 2000 pagodas, some in good shape but many in ruins. Pagodas, pagodas everywhere. Your local guide is the best person to take you to these historical and heritage sites as they are too numerous to be described here. Watch the sunset from the top of one of the pagodas. Take the evening at leisure after a tiring day.

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Day 3. After breakfast, visit the colorful Nyaung Oo Market where villagers gather every day to buy and sell their produce and other goods. Continue to Myinkaba village and take a short walking tour to explore the temples of Manuha and Nan Paya. This afternoon begin with a visit to a traditional lacquer ware workshop. Continue to Ananda Temple, an architectural masterpiece and one of Bagan’s most beautiful temples continue to Thatbyinnyu, the highest temple in Bagan, massive Dhammayangyi Temple, noted for its remarkable brickwork, and Sulamani Temple. Enjoy the sunset from one of the temple of Bagan. Overnight at the hotel in Bagan.

mandalay-01Day 4. Fly out by morning flight to Mandalay. As it is Mandalay is considered the cultural centre of Myanmar, a place where Myanmar traditions and arts are lovingly preserved. Maha Myat Muni Statue would be your first visit as you start your tour after checking in at the hotel. This huge brass statue of Lord Buddha is believed by the Myanmar Buddhists that Buddha himself had breathed life into this statue during his lifetime and is regarded as a living being. Every morning there is a face washing ceremony with gentle music playing in the background to wake up the statue. The world's biggest book, the Lawka Marazein Kuthodaw pagoda, is where the entire "Tripitaka" the Buddhist scripture texts are etched on more than 700 marble slabs for posterity. This Pagoda has been inscribed by UNESCO in its Memory of the World list. The Shwe Kyaung or Golden Monastery would be next to visit. And of course the Mya Nan San Kyaw Shwe Nan Taw or the Great Palace grounds is your next stop. The original teak wood building were all destroyed during WW II but some buildings are now rebuilt for you to  imagine the grandeur of the courts during the Konbaung Dynasty. Mandalay Hill also has connections with the life of Lord Buddha. It was said that there was a prophesy saying a great city would rise under its shadow where Buddhism would flower and this prophesy had indeed come true. Sunset view from the Mandalay Hill is an unforgettable sight. Back to hotel and rest after dinner of course.      
mingun-01Day 5. Cruise up the mighty Ayeyarwady River to a small but historically important village of Mingun. It is where the great Mingun Bell and the Mingun Pahto tawgyi are situated. The Mingun Bell weighs 55555 viss(a Myanmar measure of weight) and is considered the biggest ringing bell in the world. The unfinished Mingun pagoda would give you an idea what a colossal structure this would be if finished. Subsequent earthquakes had also cracked this mammoth structure. Back to Mandalay for lunch and half day exploration for shopping. Rest at hotel.

yangon-13 Day 6. Fly back to Yangon by morning flight. Check in to your hotel and last minute souvenir shopping at Bogyoke market and browse the dozens of stalls selling Burmese handicrafts such as longyi, marionettes and other items. Late afternoon, transfer to the jetty for a relaxing cruise on the Yangon River. You can see by scenes of traditional river life fishermen, boats ferrying locals home from work, small villages on the banks. The sun begins to dip low in the sky as you return to dry land where your car is waiting. And then back to the hotel.

Day 7. After breakfast your guide and car will assist with your transfer to the airport to your flight departure.

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