Mandalay is the second largest city after Yangon and the last capital of Myanmar’s monarchy. It is located at 668km north from Yangon. The city was founded in 1857 by King Mindon. Mandalay is well known as the centre of Myanmar culture and famous for the wonderful Mandalay Royal Palace surrounding by the fondly built Palace Walls and wooden pavilions city gates and its association with royal moat. It is surrounded by other ancient royal capitals, Sagaing, Ava (Inwa) and Amarapura, which are highly interesting sightseeing destinations due to their historical and religious importance – in ancient times as well as at present. In Mandalay, visitors can watch traditional handicrafts being made, such as tapestries, marionettes, bronze casting, stone and woodcarving.
Tour highlights include fabulous Mahamuni Pagoda, gold leaf making, Shwenandaw monastery is one the few wooden temple left in Mandalay, Kuthodaw Pagoda known as the world biggest book for its 729 marble stone slabs on which are inscribed the entire Buddhist scriptures, Mandalay Hill 230 meters in elevation commends a magnificent view of the city and surrounding countryside.