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MTFU 12: YANGON-GOLDEN ROCK-BAGO-MANDALAY (5Days Pilgrimage Tour)

MTFU 12: YANGON-GOLDEN ROCK-BAGO-MANDALAY (5Days Pilgrimage Tour) (Arrival Yangon) (Departure Mandalay)

This 5 day tour features the most important religious destinations for Buddhists in Myanmar. Starting in Yangon, with the unforgettable Shwedagon Pagoda, and continuing on to an amazing pagoda atop a boulder hanging on the edge of a cliff- the Golden Rock or Kyaikhtiyo, religious sites in Bago and the Maha Muni Buddha Image in last royal capital of Mandalay and much more.

Coverage: Yangon-Golden Rock-Bago-Mandalay
Start City: Yangon
End City: Mandalay
Duration: 5Days/4Nights
Operational period: All year round

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Yangon (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 2: Yangon-Golden Rock (by private A/C vehicle)
Day 3: Golden Rock-Bago-Yangon (by private A/C vehicle)
Day 4: Yangon-Mandalay (by flight) (transfer + sightseeing)
Day 5: Departure Mandalay (transfer)

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: ARRIVAL YANGON (transfer + sightseeing)

On arrival at Yangon International airport, you are welcomed by our English speaking tour guide and transferred to hotel. On the way, firstly we visit to;

(1) Kyauktawgyi Pagoda (one of the biggest marble Buddha Images in Myanmar with a height of 37ft/11m and a weight of weighs over 600 tons). You will also see the white alive elephants at this pagoda compound and proceed to hotel. After refreshment, start on a city tour including;

(2) Chauk-htat-kyi Phaya; a huge life-like reclining Buddha statue surrounded by Buddhist monasteries.

(3) Karaweik Hall to marvel at the uniquely decorated “hamsa-bird-shaped” floating barge on Kandawgyi royal lake with a great view of Shwedagon Pagoda.

(4) A visit to the magnificent and world famous Shwedagon Pagoda, known for its religious significance and artistic beauty. The massive bell shaped stupa is plated with gold and the tip of the stupa is set with diamonds and rubies, sapphires and topaz - a stunning sight as the sun sets and an unforgettable place to begin your trip in the "Golden Land". Lunch and dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meal: Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: YANGON-GOLDEN ROCK (by private fully A/C vehicle)

After breakfast at hotel, we depart from Yangon to Golden Rock/Kyaik Htiyo by private fully A/C vehicle. It will take nearly 4 ½ hour drive from Yangon (about 160 km).

(1) On the way we stop at the Htauk Kyant township the last resting place of over 6,300 Allied War Graves Cemetery which located just outside Yangon and was built in 1951 (consolidating a number of smaller cemeteries) to remember the sacrifice of 27000 soldiers from the British Commonwealth and its allies. These beautifully kept and peaceful gardens and impressive memorials are a place for quietly remembering and reflecting.

(2) Then, proceed to Golden Rock and it stands on a gold gilded boulder precariously perched on the edge of the hill, which is 1102 meters above the sea-level. Upon arrival to the base-camp, transfer to an exciting truck ride up-hill through a rain forest. Upon arrival to the upper-camp, we trek up-hill for a few minutes to the amazing Golden Rock. Check in Hotel, rest and later, visit the magnificent Golden Rock pagoda environs. Lunch at local restaurant and dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Golden Rock.

Accommodation: Hotel at Golden Rock
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: GOLDEN ROCK-BAGO-YANGON (by private fully A/C vehicle)

We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sun-rise over these misty jungle-clad hills of Southeast Asia. After breakfast, descend to the base-camp and then drive to Bago: an ancient capital of the Mon Kingdom in 15th Century. Bago is situated only 80 km north-east of Yangon.

(1) Upon arrival Bago, we visit the magnificent Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda -said to be over 2,000 years old.

(2) Shwe Thar Lyaung (a huge reclining Buddha); 55 meters long and dating back 994AD.

(3) Afterwards we visit Dhammazedi Pagda and Maha Kalyani Sima which is sacred hall of ordination was originally constructed in 1476 by Myanmar King Dhammazedi, the famous alchemist Myanmar king and son of Myanmar Queen Shinsawpu.

(4) (If time allows) visit to “Kanbawzathardi Palace” the famous palace of King Bayinnaung (1551-1581 A.D.) is being extensively excavated and some buildings are being rebuilt.

(5) In the late afternoon we drive back to Yangon and just outside Bago we visit Kyaik-Pun temple which is four huge seated Buddha images in the open air. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Yangon.

Accommodation: Hotel in Yangon
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: YANGON-MANDALAY (by flight) (transfer + sightseeing)

After breakfast at hotel, you are transferred to Yangon International airport for the morning flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival Mandalay airport you are welcomed by our local tour guide and begin the days’ tour with:

(1) A drive to the ancient capital of Amarapura, the city of Immortality for visits to Maha Gan Dar Yone Monastery with a famous collection of Buddha images, local weaving cottage industry of traditional cotton cloth, the two-century old U-Bein teak bridge on the Taungthaman Lake and if there is time, observe the lunch process of thousand of monks who take their last meal of the day at 10:00 am in total silence.

(2) Then, proceed to Maha Muni, The holiest Buddhist site in Upper Myanmar: a Buddha image of great beauty and witness the reverence and worship of the local people.

(3) Mandalay, the last royal capital of Myanmar is the best place to see all the traditional arts and handy crafts workshops such as making of gold leaves, wood carvings, marble carvings, tapestries etc…. .

(4) Afterwards, we visit Mandalay Palace and the nearby, Shwe Nandaw Monastery (Golden Palace Monastery) - noted for its exquisite wood carvings and Kuthodaw Pagoda - known as the world biggest book for its 729 marble slabs inscribed with the Buddha's Dhamma or Doctrine.

(5) We finish the day’s tour by visiting Mandalay Hill to experience a tropical sun-set with panoramic views of the city and the Ayeyarwaddy River. Lunch & dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel in Mandalay.

Accommodation: Hotel in Mandalay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: DEPARTURE MANDALAY

After breakfast at hotel, morning is at leisure until you are transferred to Mandalay International airport for your return international departure flight.

Accommodation: N/A
Meals: Breakfast

 

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