What’s the secret hidden behind the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda that dominates the Yangon skyline? During this half day trip, we will open the door and show you that mystery, uncover its full history with a deep insight into the Buddhist religion of the country and how it influences on the life of Burmese people. You also learn how the spiritual belief is mixed with the belief in nats– the Myanmar spirits.
Morning after breakfast, meet our guide and car then transfer to the place where the monks are walking in line to collect alms from local residents. Let’s wait for them passing by and offer them some food for the day. Afterwards, drive to the foot of the hill where the Shwedagon is situated atop, passing the workshops, markets and monasteries which will be useful or even essential to understand more of the country during the rest of your journey. Considered the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, it is believed to house relics of the four previous Buddhas, including eight strands of hair of Gautama. Walk around the 2,500-year-old pagoda, listen to its interesting facts and legends through your guide, see local devotees and monks washing the statues, offering flowers, kneeling and praying, admire its many beautiful stupas, Buddha statues… or just tell your guide your birthday, he will take you to the shrine where you can perform the ritual of pouring water over the Buddha statue that represents the day you were born. Afterwards, pay a visit to a fortuneteller who lives in the pagoda complex, followed by a Burmese lunch.
In the afternoon, transfer to airport for flight to Heho. Upon arrival our guide will pick up to hotel in Inle Lake. Check in hotel and free at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: overnight at hotel in Inle Lake