Mandalay is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Myanmar which includes numerous magnificent religious sites as well as the majestic citadel’s relic. Furthermore, this city is surrounded by three more touristic spots which promise to give visitors a special tour to the glorious days of Burmese. Myanmar Private Holidays create wonderful short excursions to Mandalay and its surrounded highlights promising to give the best experience and excellent service. Here are 2 options for you to choose for one day tour in Mandalay and the best things to do to fill in your day.
Options 1: Mandalay and Its Highlights
Mandalay is not only the second largest city of Myanmar but also the cultural and religious Buddhist center which contains a great number of monasteries and pagodas. Mandalay was the capital of the last Burmese dynasty under the ruling of King Mindon in 1857. Here are some most famous spots in Mandalay that you can visit in one day.
Mahamuni Pagoda is considered as the main pilgrimage site as well as the most popular Buddhist temples in Myanmar. It contains the image of Buddha which is said to be one of 5 likeliness statues ever made. Mahamuni statue has the height of 3.5 meters, made gold and decorated by precious jewels.
The enclosed citadel in Mandalay was constructed in 1850s by King Mindon but then mostly destroyed in the World War II. It was rebuilt according to the original design but mainly in concrete, not teak and tile. Hence, some noteworthy pavilions and architectural works are visible outside the surrounded walls and motes creating the impressive scene for the Mandalay’s palace. Moreover, the palace museum displaying all the things of the royal court can also be found inside the walls of the citadel. Foreigners are not allowed to cross the east gate.
The 230 meter hill lies in the north of downtown Mandalay offering a great view over the city and its surrounding countryside. This is a popular stop for watching sunrise and sunset. It is believed that the capital Mandalay was set in the foot of the hill to fulfill the prophecy of the Buddha.
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Option 2: Take One Day Tour in Sagaing, Ava and Amarapura
There are 3 main spots near Mandalay which draw a great number of visitors come to explore which are Sagaing, Ava (Inwa) and Amarapura. They are all Burma’s ancient capitals containing not only the impressive architectural works but also evoking the memories of the long gone eras.
Sagaing was the capital of Burmese royal for a very short amount of time, from 1760 to 1764. The greenery hill lies on the bank of the mighty Irrawady river which is opposite to the city of Mandalay. Sagaing usually refers to as a miniature of the temples plain in Bagan with hundreds of white and gold monasteries dotted in the surface.
Discovering the Buddhist architectural works of the Sagaing hill is definitely a highlight in your day trip which offers a peaceful climbing in the forest paths and a great chance to admire the magnificent images of the ancient city. Some must visit sites in Sagaing are Kaunghmudaw Pagoda, U Min Thounzeh Pagoda, U Ponya Shin and U Min Thounzeh Pagodas.
Located in the suburb of Mandalay, Ava or Inwa was also the capital of the Burma kingdom for more than 300 years and across 3 separate periods. Many impressive buildings were constructed here but now only remain few spots due to the effects of the serial earthquakes. There are 4 main tourist destinations in Inwa: the masterpiece of teak wood Bagayar Monastery, the Inwa fortress, Mae Nu brick monastery with the unique architecture and Si Mi Khone pagoda with ancient Buddha statue. Horse carriages are the main transportation to take you to the decaying sites which scatter in the rustic villages and greenery paddy fields.
10km from Ava is another popular tourist day – trip spot from Mandalay: Amarapura. The township was also once the capital of Burma for 2 periods of time until Mandalay took the place in 1859. Amarapura’s most famous tourist attraction is the teak wood U Bein Bridge which is a very favored place for watching the beautiful sunset in Myanmar. Visitors can also find the ruins of the city gate, the palace, monasteries and stupas in the area. Furthermore, tourists can have a chance to observe the amazing traditional silk weaving and bronze casting skills of the locals.