Chengdu, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar 29 Days/28 Nights
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Travelling sometimes mean wishing to cover as many beautiful places as you can but at times, it can be quite a problem deciding on destinations. Different people have different choices and people prefer more exploration, so they look for plenty of options. At High Asia Tours, we arrange combine tours as a solution to this confusion and what better can it be than selecting this combined tour to different countries: Chengdu (China), three Himalayan kingdom of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and all in one single journey.
This is such an opportunity to have maximum enjoyment and experiences and the journey is waiting to begin and then explore. The journey begins from Chengdu and continues to Lhasa – Kathmandu – Bhutan – Myanmar and end in Chengdu itself. It is going to be an amazing journey as you will have the flavor of different destinations with different history, culture, landscape, religion and people, hence different feeling and different experiences.
Chengdu is also sometimes called the "Land of Milk and Honey" and is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province and Chengdu’s history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C. Chengdu is renowned for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding - a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat. The panda is a symbol of China and the Chinese government strictly protects them. Another thing Chengdu is renowned for is Sichuan Opera. The city consist lot more to be discovered.
Tibet is one remarkable and beautiful place offering something distinct to every traveler. Tibet with its towering peaks is better known as the “Roof of the World” where majority of lands are above 4000 meters (13,000 feet) and the mountain ranges surrounds on three sides. Tibet is famous for its illuminate temples and monasteries, high-altitude treks, views of the world’s highest mountains and most religious and friendly people. Tibet is also a land of dramatic landscapes, scared relics, and butter lamp, chanting monks, deeply religious peaceful and welcoming people. Tibet gives you the feeling of being in completely different world so, come and join us to complete this inspiring journey for an eye-opening look into traditions and cultures far removed from those in the West.
Nepal is definitely one of the finest places to visit with mixed culture, tradition and sacred sites around the Himalaya. Nepal has been a melting pot of Hindu and Buddhist cultures forever making it one of the best places for spiritual tour as there are abundance of spiritual sites which are also famous destination for spiritual quest like meditation, yoga, astrology and retreat. There isn’t the perfect place other than the local market and bazaar to meet the most diverse people and explore the complex maze of Hindu and Buddhist sites that are packed in within the narrow streets of everyday life.
Bhutan is a true bastion of tradition in a modern and uncertain world. This is also a perfect place of comfort, rest and convalescence. People here still live by their ancient spiritual heritage. We will experience an abundance of Buddhist culture and practices. We will discover the local Buddhist culture and enjoy the natural beauty there. This trip explores the hidden mystery & beauty of Bhutan and offers a unique and richly nuanced tour, allowing you to truly experience the last Himalayan kingdom.
Myanmar used to be known as Burma and generally this mystifying and enthralling Myanmar is referred to as the Golden Land. Myanmar is a land of hills and valleys and it is bordered in the north, east and west by mountain ranges shaping a giant horseshoe. Myanmar is full of traditional culture, theology and old-world charisma. Myanmar’s nature comes with plentiful of natural attractions and is amazingly beautiful like: snow-capped mountains, deep forests, cool and picturesque places, long rivers, beautiful lakes, and well-preserved beaches and archipelagoes. Myanmar's attractions also include: temples, pagodas and historical sites abound with some areas such as Bagan boasting so many attractions. Myanmar offers you to tour to royally hill stations that are situated amid undulating pine-clad hills. Or flowing around Inle Lake with its stilt house villages at the water’s edge could be another choice.
These long journeys of 29 days have been prepared for our visitors to give the maximum benefit of travelling to places, get familiar to the destinations, their people, culture, history and everything that may interest you.
Day 01: Overnight on board.
Day 02: Arrival in Chengdu.
Day 03: At Chengdu.
Day 04: At Chengdu.
Day 05: Chengdu to Lhasa (Fly).
Day 06: At Lhasa.
Day 07: At Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa-Tsedang-Lhasa (Yak Boat Journey).
Day 09: Lhasa to Kathmandu (Fly).
Day 10: At Kathmandu.
Day 11: At Kathmandu.
Day 12: Kathmandu-Paro-Thimpu (Fly).
Day 13: At Thimpu.
Day 14: Thimpu- Paro.
Day 15: Tiger's Nest Hike (duration: 4-5hrs).
Day 16: Paro-Bangkok-Yangon (Fly).
Day 17: At Yangon.
Day 18: Yangon-Heho-Inle Lake (Fly).
Day 19: At Inle Lake.
Day 20: At Inle Lake.
Day 21: At Inle Lake.
Day 22: Inle lake-Heho-Mandalay (Fly).
Day 23: At Mandalay.
Day 24: Mandalay-Monywa.
Day 25: Monywa-Pakkouku-Bagan.
Day 26: At Bagan.
Day 27: Bagan-Yangon (Fly).
Day 28: Yangon-Chengdu (Fly).
Day 29: Chengdu-Next destination (Fly).
Day 01: Air travel.
Air travel and overnight on board.
Day 02: Arrival in Chengdu
Arrive at Chengdu airport, meet the guide and get transported to the hotel. Overnight in Chengdu at hotel Shangri-la.
Day 03: At Chengdu
In the morning, tour to Panda Breeding Research Center which is situated just 10km (6 miles) from the city and trip to Jinsha Archaeological Site in the afternoon and afterward trip to Chunxi Walking Street. You should not miss Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding since it’s the homeland of Giant Panda. Drive to northern community of Chengdu in the morning, from downtown area, the Panda Base takes us about 50 minutes. We can be certain to see many pandas at one time in this park-like base like no other places in the world. After that we will go to Jinsha Site Museum. This is an atypical museum among Chinese museums since it is a blend of modern civilization and the civilization of ancient Shu State and also the blend of ecological environment and culture. Jinsha Site Museum is constructed to guard and exhibit the archaeological finds of Jinsha site and they are most likely to date back to about 3,000 years. We will have a spare time stroll shortly on Chunxi Petestrain, which is the most flourishing street of Chengdu. Overnight in Chengdu at hotel Shangri-la.
Day 04: At Chengdu.
Spend whole day in Chengdu visiting attractions like Big Buddha, Poet’s house, Chinese Opera (evening). We will start our trip by travelling to Leshan City in the morning about 2 and half hours. We will have the most excellent sight of the giant Buddha by boarding on a riverboat. More than a thousand years ago, the huge Buddha was engraved out of a cliff face and it is still well conserved in its fine form and his full and tranquil face. Both the sitting Buddha and the sleeping Buddha made up of several hills can be seen and as this Maitreya Buddha is smiling to all people coming to view him, you can of course take a little bit of happiness back home. In the noontime, we come again to Chengdu and we will transfer to the trip to Dufu Thatched Cottage. This Dufu Thatched Cottage is distinguished as the previous home of Dufu who was great poet and could match up to great poet who could be compared as China’s Shakespeare. Following the dinner we will take pleasure in the brilliant Sichuan Opera as well as mask changing show, shadow play and spitting fire. Overnight in Chengdu at hotel Shangri-la.
Day 05: Chengdu- Lhasa (Fly)
For flight to Lhasa, transmit to the airport. Meet our guide at Lhasa airport and drive to Lhasa city (1hr). Today after checking in the hotel, you are advised to drink plentiful of water and take sufficient rest for adaptation since you are likely to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes dizziness, disorientation, headache etc. Overnight in Lhasa at Lhasa Shangri-la hotel.
Day 06: At Lhasa.
Visit Potala Palace, Norbulingkha Palace and Drepung Monastery. Scared Potala Palace is placed balanced upon Ri Marpo (Red Hill) 130m above Lhasa valley. Potala Palace further ascends 170m making it the utmost monumental in Tibet. Legend has it that Ri Marpo’s rocky hill is scared cave and was a residence of Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avalokitesvara) and Emperor Songtsen Gampo later on used the cave to meditate. Songtsen Gompo built a palace on this hill in 637 AD and this structure lasted until 17th century. In the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama in 1645, the structure of present palace was built. Under Jampel Gyatso, the Norbulingkha Park, Summer Palace were completed in 1783, the 8th Dalai Lama, on the environs of Lhasa and became the summer dwelling during the sovereignty of the 8th Dalai Lama. In the afternoon, we will make a trip to Drepung Monastery which is the biggest, richest and also the most powerful of the three major Yellow Sect monasteries in Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa at Lhasa Shangri-la.
Day 07: At Lhasa
In the morning an expedition to Drak Yerpa, Ganden Monastery and afternoon trip to Jokhang Temple. We set out to travel around the rustic areas of Lhasa. After breakfast, excursion to Drak Yerpa Hermitage that lies around 18 miles north east of Lhasa. In central Tibet, Drak Yerpa Hermitage is one of the most valued cave retreats and there are over 80 mediation caves. This place has spectacular views endowing with the familiarity of rural Tibet and it is also very peaceful. We head from Drak Yerpa further to east all the way through the rural areas to Ganden Monastery. This monastery is the primary seat of the Gelugpa sect of Buddhism, which Dalai Lama belongs to. Ganden is also amongst the most primitive and biggest Buddhist monasteries of Tibet and commands the chief position amongst the six major Gelugpa monasteries. We drive back to Lhasa and visit Jokhang Temple in the afternoon. This temple is known in Tibetan as Tsuglagkhang and the most valued spiritual structure in Tibet. The origin of the Jokhang Temple’s date is expected to vary from 639 to 647. King Songtsen Gampo had begun its building to house a Buddha image (Akshobhya) that was brought to Tibet as the dowry of Princess Bhrikuti who was his Nepalese wife. We will pay a visit to Barkhor Bazzar. Overnight in Lhasa at Lhasa Shangri-la.
Day 08: Lhasa-Tsedang-Lhasa (Yak Boat Journey)
Leave Lhasa early morning for Tsedang - the gateway to Yarlung Valley (about 100km from Lhasa). Take 2-3 hrs yak boat ride on Yarlung Tsangpo River (Brahmaputra River) and we retrace our drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa at Lhasa Shangri-la.
Day 09: Lhasa to Kathmandu (Fly)
You will get transported to airport to fly to Kathmandu. You will complete your required visa procedure. Meet the guide and get transported to the hotel. In the Afternoon in Kathmandu, you will visit Durbar Square (Down Town), which is the old Royal Palace complex. This palace complex is enclosed by a lot of primeval and medieval temples. Visit to Kumari Ghar, which is the temple for the locals and a residence for the Living Goddess of Nepal. Subsequently, we will enjoy and experience the typical Kathmandu by walking through the narrow and one of the busiest streets of Indra Chowk and Assan. These places are the most long-established business center of Kathmandu and still equally popular. Then towards the evening, you will be greeted and entertained by a welcome dinner with dance presentations. Overnight in Kathmandu at Hyatt Regency.
Day 10: At Kathmandu
In the morning, we will take a trip to 2000-year-old legendary stupa called Swayambhunath Stupa located atop hill in the western periphery of the city. This is a perfect standpoint that offers a sweeping view of the valley. This stupa is also identified as the Monkey Temple. Then we will drive to another beautiful and prehistoric city of Bhaktapur which is 14 km from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur city is one of the medieval Malla vicinity and is the best conserved of the three medieval vicinities of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit Durbar Square and several other temples with elaborated and striking woodcarving and extraordinary stone works. There are also other monuments in Bhaktapur which we will visit. In Bhaktapur city, you will witness that every personal house has preserved its traditional look making the city to look more attractive. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Patan city, which has earned the recognition as the City of Arts and Crafts and this city is one of the three medieval Malla vicinities of Nepal. We will splurge visiting some striking attractions in Patan. Overnight at Hyatt Regency.
Day 11: Kathmandu
We will visit the holy temple of Pashupatinath with its triple-roofed temple, cremation ghats, and sadhus (holy men) along the banks of holy Bagmati River and this river, which ultimately flows south to connect to the mighty Ganges. Only Hindus are allowed to enter to the inner boundaries of the temple as this is the most sacred temple in Nepal. We will then drive to this 1400-year-old stupa called Boudhanath or Boudha - the largest stupa of Nepal. This place is just a short drive from Pashupatinath and attracts pilgrims from across Buddhist Asia. In the noon, we will drive to Kopan Monastry and visit around. Overnight at Hyatt Regency.
Day 12: Kathmandu-Paro-Thimpu (Fly)
Transfer to airport for a flight to Paro, Bhutan. This fifty minutes flight offers an amazing views of the Himalayas. You will be received by our guide at Paro airport and drive to the capital city of Bhutan -Thimpu which consist the population of about 80,000 considering the city to be densely populated in Bhutan. We will halt for about ten minutes on the way to stroll down to the "Iron chains" below Tachog Lhakang. We will visit Tashichhodzong - the administrative office of the local government and monastic body in Thimpu which also consist of the 'golden throne' of Wangchuck dynasty. Overnight in Thimpu at Hotel Khang Residency.
Day 13: At Thimpu
We drive to Buddha Point in the morning where you will see a 15m tall statue of Buddha Doderma for world peace and prosperity of the nation. Overlooking the valley underneath, a great sight of Thimpu city is provided. We will visit Drubthob Nunnery, which is dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci of the Himalayas. There are 60 nuns in the nunnery and here they perform the Buddhist education and ceremony similar to that of a monk. We will next visit the Memorial Stupa that was built in a reminiscence of the late third king in 1974. This is a religious landmark of the people of Thimpu and also a good place to interrelate with the locals. Our next stopover is Royal textile academy. This is the museum that endeavors to protect the age-old traditions available for research and study in future. And it is categorized further into six different levels such as warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievement in textile arts and textiles from homegrown fibers and the Royal collection. The Raven crown, which is one of the exceptional collected works of the museum, is very illuminating. In the afternoon, we will drive to Dochula pass at an elevation of 3150m/10060ft it’s going to be 45 minutes drive from here. Dochula pass is the most picturesque pass enclosed by 108 stupa and the colorful prayer flags all around the pass. After 10-15 minutes drive we will move down from the pass to reach to the Royal botanical garden. This garden has different types of the plants and trees and is home to several wild animals and it is also the most famous picnic spot of many of the locals. Overnight in Thimpu at Khang Residency.
Day 14: Thimpu- Paro.
In the morning, we will drive to Paro which is also an outstanding land for farming and the people here are better off in comparison to somewhere else in Bhutan. Our trip will begin by short drives and walks to observe its many attractions like: Drugyal Dzong ruins, Ta Dzong (watchtower) which houses the museum, Rinphung Dzong fortress, the beautiful 7th century Kichu Lhakhang temple, local farm house and also cover Dumtse Lhakhang temple recognized to have some of the most excellent wall paintings in the kingdom. Overnight in Paro at Hotel Zhiwaling.
Day 15: Tiger's Nest Hike (duration: 4-5hrs)
Taktshang Monastery (walking time: approx. 3 to 4 hours, depending on individual’s fitness). Taktshang is situated at the edge of a rocky cliff at an elevation of 3140m/10048ft. Back in the 8th century, it was founded as meditation cave. The literal translation for "Taktshang" is the “Tiger's Nest". It is believed that Guru Rinpoche had flown to the place riding on a tigress to conquer a demon that was standing as an obstruction to Buddha's principle. The hike to tiger's nest can be categorized into two different segments where the first half from the base at the parking lot until we arrive at the teahouse. It will take about an hour to go steeply up the edge to the teahouse. The path persists a little further alongside the edge, even though some visitors come back from the teahouse. The second half of the path has one hour more of climbing through the trees until you arrive at a magnificent standpoint at about the similar height as the Monastery. Although Taktshang is about 30 minutes away on the other side of the profound gorge, it appears as if it is increasing out of the rocks and look as if it’s close enough to touch from this view point. Finally we get to the entrance following a waterfall and a small bridge. It is not an easy hike but definitely a well worth an attempt and emphasize of any journey to Bhutan. Overnight in Paro at Hotel Zhiwaling.
Day 16: Paro-Bangkok- Yangon (Fly)
Transfer to Paro airport to take a flight to Bangkok and then connect your flight to Yangon. Up on arrival at Yangon airport, you will be received by guide and get transported to the hotel and take a restl. Overnight at Hotel Sule Shangri-la.
Day 17: At Yangon
We will go for an excursion to Dale (duration 4 hours). As we observe the morning activity on the quay and alongside the shores, we will cross Yangon River by local ferry. We will travel by trishaw after getting at Dala past the local fish market and past teashops, with a short halt at a primary school. For a dosage of local legend, we will visit the Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda and a monastery close by prior to returning to the quay and returning back to Yangon and begin the day's tour at the vibrant Hledan market that is lively at all times in the early hours of the morning. From there, we will get on Yangon's spherical train that entwines through Yangon's chief townships and districts in an irregular circle. This train is the support for many of the working classes and provides a supreme insight into the lives of the Burmese. As the students and workers in their every day move and the vendors and hawkers carry out their business, you can just observe the activities. Overnight Yangon at Sule Shangri-la.
Day 18: Yangon-Heho-Inle Lake (Fly)
Take a flight in the morning to Heho airport and drive to Inle Lake, which takes about one and half hours. Overnight in Inle Lake at Inle Princess Resort.
Day 19: Inle Lake.
We will take a pleasure trip by boat on Inle Lake and that also includes Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village, Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. The tranquil stillness of the Shan state is spread out by Inle Lake by influential motionless waters and vivid brush strokes of floating vegetation and unhurriedly moving fishing canoes instigating most visitors wishing to never leave this scenic haven. As we progress the elevated hills, we embrace the lake on all sides as the lake's shore and islands host 17 villages on stilt generally occupied by the Intha people. You can take pleasure in the inspiring surroundings and also ponder on the one of a kind proficiency of the local fisherman making utilize of their legs in this exceptional rowing procedure to slide along themselves serenely around the lake. We will also visit the enthralling floating gardens, a swarming market and a calm Intha village around the lake. This day also comprises a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Inn Paw Khon Village (Lotus and silk weaving villages) and Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery. Overnight in Inle Lake at Inle Princess Resort.
Day 20: Inle Lake
Take a pleasurable expedition on Inle Lake to Indein by boat. We will move by boat to the western shore of the lake to a stairs that leads to the concealed Indein temple complex. This site is situated on the shoreline of the lake and has hundreds of small stupas that are thickened by moss and greens. You can have all noon at leisure. Overnight in Inle at Inle Princess Resort.
Day 21: Inle Lake
Trekking expedition to Pao village together with a visit to Kakku. After breakfast, get transported to Nampan quay by boat on the east bank of Inle Lake. Then we will begin a nice trek towards the high hills through deep Pa O territory in the Shan mountains that passes through settlements like: Ma Gyi Pin village, Moe Kaung village, Dong Ta Khawh village, Hti Ne village and Naung Khe village. After trekking from Nampan, approximately for one hour, we arrive at Dong Ta Khawh village where we observe main daily economic activities of the villagers also including production of cheroot leaves. Exactly further than this point chases the most challenging part of the trek with a steep climb that takes about one hour up to Hti Ne village with grand extensive views of some of the southern Inle Lake area and villages. We will continue with our trek after a brief break and a quick look around in Hti Ne. The ultimate leg of the trek brings Hti Ne to Naung Khe village through a rolling countryside in which a broad range of farming activities take place. We will then get into a vehicle and drive Kakku Temple complex from Naung Khe. The temple complex has an assortment of more than two thousand Buddhist stupas that dates back to 12th and 13th centuries and concentrated in the space of one square kilometer. After having our lunch, we will drive back to Nyaung Shwe passing through Taunggyi with a short stop to visit the large local Taunggyi market and finally go back from Nyaung Shwe to Inle by boat. Overnight in Inle Lake at Inle Princess Resort.
Day 22: Inle lake-Heho-Mandalay (fly)
Transfer to Heho airport to take a flight to Mandalay and then get transported to Hotel at Mandalay which will take about an hour. After some rest in the hotel, explore Mandalay by visiting Mahamuni Paya, Shwen, DawKyaung, Kyauktawgyi Paya, Kuthodaw Paya, Shwe Kyin Old Monastery. Mandalay is still one of the leading cities in Myanmar and was also the last capital of royal Burma. While the adjoined place Sagaing is home to over sixty per cent of the country's monks, the artisans of Mandalay maintain to turn out the most excellent crafts in Myanmar. This is also a place of cultural and religious hub. We will begin our trip by visiting Mahamuni Paya where the figure of preserved Mahamuni is covered up in over 15 cm of gold leaf and possibly the most valued image in Myanmar. There is this exclusive face-washing ceremony and every day at 4 AM, the shrine is gathered by the worshipper to observe this ceremony. We will then move to Shwenan Daw Kyaung or the Golden Teak Monastery which is built wholly of golden teak and you will witness that this monastery is complicatedly carved. It once used to be a part of the Mandalay Palace and King Mindon and his chief queen used it as their personal apartments. We then carry on visiting to Kyauktawgyi Paya which is carved from a single block of marble and it is renowned for its monumental seated Buddha. Our next stop would be Kuthodaw Paya which is also identified as "the world's biggest book". There are small pavilions around the central stupa and each one houses seven hundred and twenty nine slab of marble. These slabs are inscribed with the whole Tripitkata- Buddhist scriptures. Our final stop is at Shwe Kyin Old Monastery which an old monastery at the bottom of Mandalay Hill. It was built in the era of King Mindon. Overnight in Mandalay at Mandalay Hill Resort.
Day 23: Mandalay
We will have an expedition to Amarapura and Inwa (Ava), Amarapura, Mahagandayon Monastery, Pahtodawgyi Paya, Bagaya Kyaung, U Bein, S Bridge, Inwa, Ava, Horsecart Ride, Bagaya Kyaung, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung and Myint Tower. In the morning, we will move to Amarapura which is a former royal capital and to the Mahagandayon Monastery where we can watch the monks and also the learner lining up to get their every day offering of alms and food from faithful Buddhists. Subsequently, we will visit the Pahtodawgyi Paya that belongs to nineteenth century and Bagaya Kyaung which has been reconstructed and a close cousin to the monastery of the same name in Inwa (Ava). We will take pleasure in the environment of U Bein's Bridge. This is a beautiful teak bridge broadening more than one kilometer across Taungthaman Lake and also emphasize of any visit to Amarapura. We can take pleasure in a ferry crossing to Inwa (Ava), which is located on the banks of Irrawaddy River. Inwa (Ava) also used to be a previous royal capital but a silent rustic haven at present. Then around the calm landscape, we will take a gentle Horse cart Ride and visit Bagaya Kyaung, a beautiful teak wood monastery, Maha Aungmyay Bonzan Kyaung and Nan Myint Tower in brief. Overnight in Mandalay at Mandalay Hill Resort.
Day 24: Mandalay-Monywa
We will travel from Mandalay to Monywa, visiting the attractions in Sagaing. We will depart for Sagaing from Mandalay which were also an earlier royal capital and the religious hub of Myanmar. In Sagaing hill, which is also sometimes known as a living Bagan, there are hundreds of Nunneries, Temples, Stupas and Monasteries to be found and thousands of monks and nuns retreat here for meditation and study. We will halt at some most renowned temples like: HSINMYASHIN PAYA (the Pagoda of Many Elephants) and TUPAYON PAYA and proceed to Monywa by vehicle. Overnight in Monywa at Win Unity Resort.
Day 25: Monywa-Pakkouku-Bagan
At present, Monywa the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar and is located in the eastern bank of Chindwin River. Monywa serves as a chief business hub for agricultural produce from the nearby Chindwin Valley, particularly beans and palm sugar. We will visit every additional exterior and of the temple called THANBODDHAY KAT KYAW PAYA. This temple is enclosed with thousands of small Buddha icons that are nearly 600,000 in total and the increasing consequence is remarkably vivid. We will next visit the most significant pilgrimage place in Myanmar- SHWE GU NI PAYA. This temple is believed to have the power to grant wishes due to its chief chedi. We will visit the RECLINING BUDDHA rooted on top of a hill and this massive reclining Buddha is one of the largest in the country. You can also have impressive sights across the plain. Another visit would be BODDHI TATAUNG. Here you can see grove of banyan trees and at the base of each trees, there is an image of Buddha. Then drive to Pakkoku from Monywa by car.
We will halt at Ma-U Village on the way and take a brief stroll to visit incense sticks family workshop there. The lively town of Pakokku is worth travelling around especially by trishaw. We will explore the local market here and also the cheroot factory. This factory manufactures a distinctive variety of mild Burmese cigar and the visitors can observe the procedure of making it. Then off to Bagan from Pakkoku via boat. you will be received at quay and then get transported to Bagan. Overnight in Bagan at Bagan Lodge hotel.
Day 26: Bagan
Travel around Bagan, which includes: Shwezigon Paya, Gubyaukhyi Temple, Da Pahto, Gubyaukgyi Temple, Manuha Temple, Shwesandaw Paya, Lacquerware Workshop.
Bagan is a fabulous plain extending away from the Ayeyarwaddy River. The place is scattered with thousands of temple ruins that are 800 years old. Bagan went its golden period in 1057 AD only with the take-over of Thaton. But human occupancy at Bagan dates back nearly to the beginning of the Christian period. Shwezigon Paya was built by King Anawrahta to preserve some remnants of Buddha but between 1086 and 1090, it was completed by his descendant - King Kyansittha. Initially Shwezigon Paya/Pagoda marked the northern end of the city of Bagan. The stupa is an elegantly a shape of a bell. This shape later became an example for almost all stupas that came later all over Myanmar. This Temple was built in early 13th century. This place is fascinating and worth the visit as made due to the majestic colorful painting in relation to the previous lives of the Buddha and the eminent architecture. But this temple is not to be confused with the Gubyaukgyi Temple in Myinkabe.
Ananda Pahto is supposed to have been built by King Kyanzittha in about 1105. This temple is perfectly balanced indicating the stylistic end of the early Bagan period and the establishment of the Middle period. Of the entire temples in Bagan, AnanDa Pahto is surely the best conserved and most valued. This is also one of the most excellent temples.
Gubyaukgyi Temple at Myinkaba: This temple was built by Rajakumar, who was the son of Kyanzittha in 1113. The stuccos from the 12th century on the outside the walls are well conserved here making it one of the renowned features of the temple. There are also some brilliant paintings regarded as to be the oldest original paintings dating back to the time when the temple was constructed originally in Bagan.
Manuha Temple: The Manuha Temple was constructed by the King of Thaton called King Manuha in 1059 for the reason to convey his discontentment about his custody in Bagan by King Anawrahta. The temple preserves the extraordinary combination of one reclining and three seated Buddha.
Shwesandaw Paya: Shwesandaw Paya was constructed by King Anawrahta in 1057 after his capture of Thaton.This is the first monument in Bagan featuring staircases that lead up from the square bottom terraces to the round foundation of the Stupa.
Overnight in Bagan at Bagan Lodge hotel.
Day 27: Bagan-Yangon (Fly)
In the morning, flight in a hot air balloons over Bagan (Optional). Each morning the balloon take to the air making sure that the visitors get hold of the very best sight of this glorious and religious area. To travel to the selected site of the day, you will be received from the hotel prior to the sunrise in one of remarkable Land Rovers. Oriental Ballooning has held some of the most excellent take off sites in Bagan making sure that gust of air will get the best sights and a memorable experience throughout the flight. The overall flight time is actually forty-five minutes to one hour depending on the wind. To take a flight to Yangon, get transported to airport and after your arrival to Yangon airport get transported to hotel. Spend the night in Yangon at Sule Shangri-la.
Day 28: Yangon-Chengdu(Fly)
Transfer to airport for flight to Chengdu. Transfer to hotel and take rest. Spend the night in Chengdu at hotel Shangri-la.
Day 29: Departure
Transfer to airport for flight to your destination. Service ends.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in first class hotels.
- Sightseeing by private car according to the itinerary.
- Entrance fees of the monuments.
- Full meals in Bhutan and daily breakfast only in other places.
- All ground transfers and sightseeing by a private car.
- English speaking local guides.
- Bhutan visa.
- Tibet Permits.
- Flight from Yangon to Heho.
- Flight from Heho to Mandalay.
- Flight from Bagan to Yangon.
- Porter fees at the airport where guide service is booked.
- Train ticket(s) according to the itinerary.
- Boat ticket(s) according to the itinerary.
- Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle.
- A bottle of drinking water.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tipping, laundry, phone etc.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events such as flight delay, cancellation, trip interruption due to inclement weather, civil unrest etc.
- Emergency medical transportation.
- Tips for guide and drivers.
- Myanmar visa.
- Nepal visa.
- China visa.
- All internal and international flights other than mentioned.