Inle lake

INLE LAKE

Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau & it’s the second largest lake in Myanmar after Indawgyi lake in Kachin State in the North. It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level. The lake is 22km long and 10km across, and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inlay Lake. The Intha people ("sons of the lake" or “ Residents of the lake ) are members of a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group living around Inle lake. They speak an archaic dialect of Burmese and are believed to have come from theDawei area. They often live on Inle lake and support themselves through the tending of vegetable farms on floating gardens. Also, the Intha are known for their leg-rowing techniques and are traditionally Buddhists. The entire lake area is contained in the township of Nyaung Shwe and supports a population of 189,407 in 2014 that consists of Intha , Shan , Taungthu , Taungyo , Pa-O , Danu , Kayah , Danaw and Burmar people. One of the best times of the year to be there is during Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival that celebrated in every October which lasts for almost three weeks. Main Highlights of Inle lake are Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda , Shwe Indein Pagoda that is over 30 minutes boat ride from main lake , Nga Phel Kyaung Wooden Monastery , Ywa Ma Village , Inpawkone Village , Floating Gardens , 5 days rotating market.

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Pindaya

About 40 Km north of Aungban is the town of Pindaya , noted for its extensive limestone caves and picturesque Bote-ta-lote lake.
Mainly famous for its limestone caves called Pindaya Caves ( Shwe Oo Min Pagoda Cave ) where eight thousands of Buddha images have been consecrated for worship over the centuries, it is also one of the towns that host an itinerant market every fifth day.
The ancient caves are about one mile southwest of the town and The caves are supposed to be 200.00 million years old and since ancient times they have been places of worship and veneration with 8.094 Buddha images made from various materials like teak wood , marble , alabaster , brick , cement and lacquer and all enshrined in the nooks and corners of the winding caverns. At the entrance to the main cave there is a pagoda 50 feet in height. This pagoda is called Shwe U-min Hpaya or the Golden Cave pagoda. The Cave named by this entrance papoda.
Beginning on the full moon of Tabaung ( February / March ) , Pindaya hosts a colorful Pagoda festival on Shwe Oo Min. Visiting to Pindaya cave and study the ways of life of Da Nu , Pa-Oo people along the way is very interesting and impressive with beautiful landscapes.

Kalaw

Kalaw was founded as a hill station by British civil servants fleeing the heat of the plains. The town still feels like a high-altitude holiday resort: the air is cool, the atmosphere is calm, the streets are tree-lined, and the surrounding hills are the only place in Myanmar where travelers can trek overnight without prior permission.
One of the few destinations in Myanmar that genuinely caters for backpackers, rather than tour groups, Kalaw is an easy place to kick back for a few days. The town is also notable for its significant population of Nepali Gurkhas and Indians, whose ancestors came here to build the roads and railway during the colonial era.
Kalaw stands high on the western edge of the Shan Plateau. It is 70 km west of Taunggyi , about halfway along the Thazi-Taungyi road. This was a popular hill station in the British days and it is still a peaceful and quiet place. At an altitude of 1320 m it is also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines , bamboo groves and rugged mountain scene.
Kalaw is one of the best spot to start famous trekking in Shan State.

Taunggyi

Taunggyi is in the southern Shan State & it’s the capital city of Shan State , Myanmar. As of Taunggyi is at an elevation of 4,712ft (1,436m) above sea level, it is hill station and gate way to Kakku Historical Zone.
Once a year, to coincide with the Tazaungmone (November) full-moon festival, the famous hot air balloon festival is held in Taunggyi. Tens of thousands of people come from all over Myanmar to watch, as they do on Inle lake. The Thadingyut and Tazaungmone full-moon festivals are held throughout South East Asia in honour of Lord Buddha and commemorate his return form Tarwateintha heaven, when he was accompanied by a large number of heavenly beings who lit the way for him. The festivals of light, symbolizing these heavenly lights, reach their climax with the long night of the candies at the Tazaungmon full moon, when the monks are given new robes and provisions.
Taunggyi is biggest city in the eastern part of Myanmar with population of over 380,665.

Kakku

One of the Asia's largest and most spectacular ancient monuments is a wonderful Pagoda named Kakku. It contains over 2,000 stupas with origins dating back many centuries. Its exists not only as an outstanding example of tradition art and architecture but also as a testament to the religious devotion of one of Myanmar's many ethnic minorities , the Pa-Oh. For many centuries , the Pa-Oh has lived in peace , cultivating their land and devoting much of their energy and limited wealth to creating monasteries and pagodas.
The legend says that the first stupas were created by King Alaungsithu. the 12th century King of Bagan. The decorative sculptures and figures are 17th or 18th century but some of the structures are clearly much older.
Kakku Pagoda Festival is usually held in the March ( full moon day of Tabaung ).

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