Mandalay the last capital of the Myanmar Kings, is located in the Central Myanmar, 668 km north of Yangon.
Today it’s the second largest city with rich cultural heritage.
It’s also the commercial center with rail, road, river and air links to all parts of the country.
Mandalay is best known not only for it's rich traditional, cultural and spiritual splendor but also exquisite handicraft such as hand-woven embroidery in silk and cotton, the incredible process of making gold leaves. wood and stone carving and bronze casting etc.
There are several ancient capitals around Mandalay such as Amapura, Sagaing, Ava, Mingun where Kongbiung dynasty kings established their capitals respectively.
To recovered the main highlight site it’s need 1 or 2 night stop.
11 km south of Mandalay is the town of Amarapura (City of Immortality).
It was the capital of Konbang Dynasty at 18th century.
It lies on the left bank of the Irrawaddy River.
This town is famous of silk and cotton weaving even it’s also know as the weaving town.
Place of interest are Pahtodawgyi Pagoda, U bein bridge (1.2km) longest wooden brigde in Myanmar, Mahagandayone Monastery and Kyauktawgyi Pagoda.
Ava ( Inwa)
Inwa, located across Myit Nge River about 20 kilometers southwest of Mandalay is the capital of Burmese Kingdom for nearly 400 years.
All the major Buildings, which were not destroyed during the earthquake of 1838, had been transferred first to Amarapura and then to Mandalay however the 88 feet high watchtower known as the "leaning tower of Ava" and Bargaya teak monastery which is famous for it's teak pillars amounting to 267 in total are still to be seen today.
Once an ancient, Sagaing lies 21 km south-west of Mandalay on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaey River.
Sagaing is known as a meditation centre. "A living center of Buddhist faith" lies across Ayeyarwaddy River is an important religious center with some 600 Buddhist pagodas, temples and monasteries.
Located across majestic Ayeyarwaddy River approximately 12 kilometer north of Mandalay.
Mingun today host the world second largest ringing. Bell of 90 tons in weight and unfinished pagoda to go with it.
Mingun payagyi was dedicated to be the world largest monument however which today stood to be the world largest brick pile.
It is reached by ferry boats across the river and takes 1 hour for up-river.
A boat trip to Mingun is pleasant with plenty of life on the river to see.
Monywa is situated about 136km to the west of Mandalay.
It’s also the commercial center.
A picturesque town on the Chinewin River, Monywa is known as a typical unspoilt Myanmar town and it is only a three hours drive from Mandalay.
On the way to Monywa and before you reach the town there is unusual Buddhist temple complex on 37 acres of land called Mohnyin Thanbiddhay. Monywa also famous for Pho Win Taung (Mt. Pho Win), Mt. Shwe Ba where the entire mountain was carved into caves, niches, staircases and Buddha Images.