Morning flight to Bagan. Welcome by English speaking local guide at the airport. An all-day visit to this huge area - a day full of culture. But we will avoid hectic tourism and will show you the most beautiful temples and pagodas, leisurely but in detail:
Shwezigon Paya: One of the oldest stupas in Bagan area built by the great two kings Anawrahta and Kyanzittha. The Stupa’s graceful bell shape became a prototype for virtually all later stupas over Myanmar. It is known as the site where the 37 pre-Buddhist nat were first officially endorsed Burma monarchy. Wetkyi-in Gubyaukgyi Temple: a perfect Indian-style temple, you will see hundreds of frescoes illustrating the jataka-stories of the previous lifes of Lord Buddha. Htinlominlo Pahto: built by King Nantaungmya in 1218. Inside the 46m-high temple, there are four Buddhas on the lower and upper floors. Traces of old murals are also still visible.
Ananda Pahto: whose interior seems almost Gothic and is considered to be the most beautiful among all the temples of Bagan. Facing outward from the centre of the cube are four 9.5m standing Buddhas.Ananda Ok Kyaung: Ananda brick monastery, one of the few surviving monastery buildings from the early Bagan era.The interior of the building is lined with well-preserved murals which depict everyday scenes from the Bagan period.Manuha Paya: erected over huge Buddha-image, was named after the Mon King from Thaton, who was held captive in Bagan by Anawrahta. Insides, three seated Buddhas face the front of the buildings. All seem to large for their enclosures, and their cramped, uncomfortable positions as said to represent his captive period. Nanpaya: this shrine is said to have used as Manuha’s prison, although there is little evidence supposing the legend.Lacquerware: visit traditional manufacture of unique Bagan lacquer ware. Sunset by horse-cart ride among the ruins of temples and pagodas. Overnight.
In the morning, you will stroll through the marketplace of Nyaung U, and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of Burmese people. You obtain the possibility to see life at the farm and to visit such temples as Payathonzu, three interconnected shrines, was abandoned shortly before it construction was complete, each square cubicle is topped by a fat sikhara, much farther south along the Ayeyarwaddy River. Leimyethna Pahto, an Indian Style spire like that Ananda and has interior walls decorated with well - preserved frescoes.Nandamannya pahto: a ruined seated Buddha image, this small single chambered temple has very fine frescoes. In the evening take pleasure by sunset from the upper of Tayok Pye Paya. Overnight. Hotel : Bagan Hotel River View (deluxe).
Today leisure at your hotel. OR optional trip to Mt Popa. Visit Mt.Popa: Leisurely drive through the sun-parched plain with Palmyra palms to the Mountain of Deities, Popa (2 hours). Enroute stop at toddy Palm trees to see how they make liquor and palm sugar, stop at one of the village for visiting the primary school and walk through the village.
Once arrive Popa, you will climb the huge volcanic rock on a staircase to see shrines for nats (celestial spirits of Burmese mythology) and small temples for Lord Buddha. It will take about 20 minutes to reach the top of Mount Popa (Sanscrit word for Flower) and you will pass by many small food stalls and small „drugstrores“selling herbal medicine.
In the afternoon, transfer to Heho airport for the flight to Yangon.
In Yangon, transfer to your hotel. End of service.