Mandalay & Environ
Mandalay – The Last capital of Myanmar Kingdom, the ancient Royal Palace-city. It is the economic and religious center of upper Myanmar and the center of rich cultural heritage. The royal palace, the palace monastry, temples & pagodas, famous handicraft industries, embroidery works and golf leaf making industries are famous highlights for tourists.
Amarapura - An ancient royal city famous for U Bein Bridge ( Ancient Teak bridge over Taungthaman Lake), Mahagandayon monastry, silk weaving and marbel crafts making home industries.
Innwa ( Ava) - An ancient fort capital city the capital of Myanamr from 1364-1841, located 21km from Mandalay just to the south of Amarapura on the Ayeyarwady River. Inwa was also known as Yadana Pura. The ruins of the palace. the massive fort walls and moat can still be seen of the splendour of the past when it had been the capital for more than four and half centuries.
Sagaing - Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Region and was a royal capital of Burma from 1760-1764. It is located southwest of Mandalay and famous for Sagaing Hill, long mountain ranges with shrines on their top and keep the monasteries built on these mountains are the abode for monks, nuns for those practicing meditation.
Mingun - A pleasant voyage One hour boat to small little ancient town Mingun is one of the attraction to see the uncracked ruins of temple and world largest Mingun Bell.
Monywa - A city in Sagaing Division, Myanmar, located 136 km north- west of Mandalay on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River. It is must see place for cultural exploration. The classical name for Monywa is Thalawadi. Monywa serves as a major trade center for India and Burma through Kalay Myo road and Chindwin river. The highlights are Thanbodday Pagoda, unusual and the only unique Buddhist temple complex built in 1939 and very impressive architecture at ancient temples and sand stone cave at Pho Win Tuang.
Pyin Oo Lwin - Formerly known as May Myo. A popular hill station about 69km away from Mandalay .It is well known for its former colonial style houses with large compounds and pine trees,and as the centre of the flower and vegetable production and the famous Kandawgyi National Garden and Natural waterfalls.
Hsipaw - Known as Thibaw, an old small town ( once a royal place where Royal Shan chiefs had lived) in Nothern Shan state on the riverbank of Duthawadi river. It is 200 km or about 124 miles northeast of Mandalay and is almost 400 years old. It is still the one the off-the-beaten-track destinations but so much to offer travelers to enjoy scenic mountain side, cruising along Duthawadi river, visitations to hill tribe villages, trekking or cycling through the scenic and beautiful countryside that surrounds Hsipaw.
Lashio - Lashio is the largest town in northern Shan State, Myanmar, about 200 kilometres northeast of Mandalay. It is situated on a low mountain spur overlooking the valley of the Nam Yao river.Taking the train from Lashio to Hsipaw and onwards to Pyin Oo Lwin and Mandalay makes for one of Myanmar’s most fascinating journeys, taking in the northern Shan hills and the famous Gokteik Gorge and viaduct and marks the end of the railway from Mandalay. Lashio played an important role in the Second World War as a point of supply for Chinese forces fighting the Japanese.