Rise early this morning in the pre-dawn light and transfer with a car to Bagan’s scrub land. Reaching a small hill after a short ride, you will be welcomed by a warm cup of tea or coffee in an intimate outdoor breakfast setting. Immerse yourself in the silence and changing shades of sky over panoramic Bagan while a light breakfast is being served. After enjoying breakfast and the sunrise view, it’s time to leave the little hill behind and take advantage of a quiet morning to explore a legendary temple of Bagan by horse cart. At this time of day, you will have the privilege of the most popular attraction sites being free from tourists, with the opportunity to peacefully observe the temple’s architecture details or ancient paintings on the wall. If time permits, continue to Shwe San Taw temple and climb up to the top for a grand vista of Bagan. Then it’s time to return to your hotel for a full breakfast.
After, we continue by car to the gilded Shwezigon Stupa, purported to contain a holy tooth relic of the Buddha. Then on to Kyansitha Umin, a cave temple, the long dimly lit corridors are decorated with frescoes, some believed painted by Tartar invaders during the Mongol occupation after 1287. Next, we visit Gubyaukgyi (Wet-Kyi-Inn), this 13th-century ‘cave temple’ has an Indian-style spire like the Mahabodhi Paya in Bagan. It is interesting for the fine frescoes of scenes from the Jatakas. Then to Htilominlo Temple to learn how Burmese sand paintings are created. The day’s temple tour continues with a visit to the beautifully symmetric and majestic Ananda Temple with its four standing Buddha images that seem to gaze at the viewer with fixed serenity wherever the viewer stands. We then visit Dhamayangyi Temple, the largest temple of Bagan with the thickest walls and the Sulamani Temple. Finally, proceed to Bupaya or Shwesandaw Pagoda to watch the sunset over the famous Ayeyarwaddy River.