The Great Mandalay Capitals – Ava, Saigaing and Amarapura
With your private guide, head first towards the old capital of Ava (Innwa) where you will wander through on horse cart (no cars are allowed here which is such a joy). See the crumbling remains of this former capital dating from the 1365 and lasting until a large earthquake forced a move in 1839. It is strategically located in the confluence of the Irrawaddy and Myitnge Rivers and was repeatably attacked and changed hands as rivals sought to control Upper Burma. After the earthquake, the capital was moved to nearby Amarapura in 1842. In the afternoon visit Sagaing, whose kingdom ruled from 1315 to 1364 and was briefly the capital again in the 18th century. It is noted for it numerous Buddhist Monasteries and as a centre of spiritual learning. Return back over the Irrawaddy to Amarapura over the Ava Bridge where you visit U Bein Bridge at sunset.