Day 1 Mandalay – Monywa
Pick up from the hotel in Mandalay and transfer from Mandalay to Monywa. Drive west across the Irrawaddy River to Monywa, capital of Sagaing Division, on the banks of the Chindwin River. Upon arrival, sightseeing in Monywa, the city of trade center for agricultural products. Visit Thanboddhay Paya, Twin Daung hill, Ledi Kyaung Monastery that is similar in concept to Kuthoday Paya in Mandalay and visit Shwe Guni Paya - one of the most important pilgrimage spots in Upper Myanmar.
Overnight in Monywa
MONYWA is situated on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, with a population of 300,000 and is the second biggest town in Upper Myanmar. It serves as a major trade center for agricultural produce from the surrounding Chindwin Valley, especially beans, pulses, and sugar palm.
THANBODDHAY PAYA: built between 1939 and 1952 by Moehnyin Sayadaw, the solid section of the monument is said to enclose 7350 relics and other holy materials.
TWIN DAUNG: hill stands only 200m above the surrounding plain, but features a 50m-deep round lake known as Myitta Kan, whose water level reportedly rises and falls with the Chindwin.
LEDI KYAUNG: monastery on the northeastern edge of town constructed in 1886 by order of renowned Pali scholar Ledi Sayadaw. Similar in concept to Kuthodaw Paya in Mandalay, the kyaung features 806 stone slabs inscribed with Buddhist scriptures.
SHWE GU NI PAYA: one of the most important pilgrimage spots in Upper Myanmar, dating to the 14th century, the main zedi of Shwe Gu Ni Paya rises 33m and is famous for its 'wish-fulfilling' powers.
Day 2 Monywa
After breakfast, excursion by boat and vehicle to the Hpo
Win Caves. Cross the Chindwin River by local ferry and continue westwards towards the Hpo Win Caves by open jeep. A quite impressive sandstone caves situated in a cleft in the Hpo Win Daung (Hill). The hills have probably been occupied since the dawn of human habitation in Myanmar. The caves themselves contain Buddhist statues, woodcarving and murals dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Afternoon, return from Monywa to Mandalay
End of Services **Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules.