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Myanmar

 About Road to INLE travels 

Myanmar has recently opened its doors to the world after decades of isolation and now is the time to explore this fascinating country. Road to INLE travels, formed in 2019, is a boutique travel company - designed and arranged tours for travelers, carefully crafted to the needs and interests of each individiual and group. 

 

About Myanmar

Myanmar, also know as Burma (oficially Republic of the Union of Myanmar), was long considered a pariah state, isolated from the rest of the world. This country is now open and shows the world and amazing blend of all civilizations, in addition to having its own charm, an extraordinary land, scattered with gilded pagodas, where the traditional ways are still practic until these days. With landscape, a tropical climate, beaches and truly amazing sights, Myanmar is fascinating and bewitching destination. 

In this Golden Land, ancient Buddhist temples fascinate travellers as the kindness of the Burmese people permeates all interactions. A country rich in history, tradition and culture.

      
YANGON

The Yangon (formerly know as Rangoon) is the largest city in Myanmar (formaerly Burma). A mix of British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and gilded Buddhist pagodas define its skyline. Its famed Shwedagon Paya, a huge, shimmering pagoda complex, draws thousands of pilgrims annually. The city's other notable religious sites include the Botatauang and Sule pagodas, both housing Buddhist relics.

Peak travel is Dec - May, most of which matches  closely with the city's dry season (Nov - Apr). The climate is warm and humid year-round, becoming particularly hot Feb-Apr, ahead of rainy season. Monsoon rains reach their peak Jun-Sep, when heavy thunderstorms are common. Things to Do when you're in Yangon, Myanmar

 Things to do in Yangon

1. Shwedagon Pagoda

     Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the most important religious sites in Yangon, and all of Myanmar.

     The golden chedi of the pagoda, which reaches a height of 99 meters, is visible throughout the city, and it shimmers in the sun with its incredibly golden surface. I could hardly even look at pagoda without the squinting my eyes, there was so much gold!

2. Local fresh market

    Yangon there are plenty of fresh markets. One of the most notable is on Streer 26, across the street from the Shri Kali Temple, know as Thein Gyi Market. 

    One of the interesting things about this market in Yangon is that, despite the busyness of the market and vendors selling in the middle of the road, small delivery vehicles will still pass through.

3. Sule Pagoda

   The Sule Pagoda is not only a religious and historical pagoda landmark in Yangon, but it's also a city navigational landmark as well; It seems that all roads in downton Yangon eventually lead to the Sule Pagoda.

     The area is also home to numerous government buildings and offices, and center for bus and road transportation.

4. Bogyoke Aung San Market

    Bogyoke Aung San market, also commonly know by its former name of Scott Market, was build in 1926 under a design from the British colonial period.

     On the outside of the market are number of European looking cobbblestone streets with shops housed and either side, and there's also a large indoor section that's setup more like a bazaar.

     There's a large selection of things to purchase all in one areaa, and it's a nice clean market in a good location.

MANDALAY

        Mandaly is a city and former royal capital in nothern Myanmar on the Irrawaddy River. In its center is the restored Mandalay  Palace  from  the  Konbaung  Dynasty,  surrounded by a moat. Mandalay Hill provides views of the city from its summit, which is reached by covered stairway. At its foot, the Kuthodaw Pagoda houses hundreds of Buddhist-scripture-inscried marble slabs.

 Mandalay Hill

       Mandalay Hill is a 240 meters hill that is located to the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Myanmar. The city took its name from the hill.  Mandalay  Hill  is know for  its  abundance of pagodas and monasteries, and has been a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists for nearly two centuries.

      Mahamuni Buddha Temple

     Mahamuni Buddha Temple is Buddhist temple and major pligrimage site, located southwest of Mandalay, Myanmar. The Mahamuni Buddha image is deified in this temple, and originally came from Arakan. According to legend, the Gautama Buddha visited Dhayawadi, the capital city of Arakan during his travels on a Proselytization  mission  to spread  Buddhism.  During  the  26th  anniversary of the King at the time, a devout Buddhist, the Buddha accompanied by Shin Ananda and 500 disciples landed at Salagiri moutain peak near Khaukrah town. 

    The Mahamuni Temple or  Pagoda  was  originally  located  on  A  brick paved road which was constructed from the Royal Palace of King Bodawpaya to the eastern gate of the temple, although only remnants of this road can still be seen.


Shwe Nandaw Monastery

       Shwenandaw Monastery was build in 1878 by King Thibaw(Thibaw Min), who dismantled and relocated the apartment formerly occupied by his father, King Mindon(Mindon Min), just before Mindon Min's death, at a cost of 120,000 ruprrs. 

       Thibaw removed the building in 10 October 1878, believing it to be haunteed by his father's sprit. The building reconstruction was finished in 31 Oct 1878, dedicated in memory of his father, on a plot adjoining Atumashi Monastery. It is said that King Thibaw used it for meditation, and the meditation couch he sat on can still be seen.

       The building was originally part of the royal palace at Amarapura, before it was moved to Mandalay, where it formed the northern section of the Hmannan(Glass Palace) and part of the king's royal apartments. The building was heavily gilt with gold and adorned with glass mosaic work.

       The monastery is know for its teak carvings of Buddhist myths, which adorn its walls and roofs. The monastery is build in the traditional Burmese architectural style. Shwenandaw Monastery is the single remaining major original structure of the original Royal Palace today.                                                              


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