MYSTICAL MORNINGS IN BAGANI’ll admit- I was most excited about the last leg of my trip. Bagan is perhaps the most popular tourist destination of Myanmar, and the picturesque temples, stunning sunsets and hot air balloons in the sky are a familiar visual on most postcards and travel photos from Myanmar. In addition to being a sucker for sunsets and sunrises, I had arranged to participate in a meditation session at a monastery in Bagan and I was eagerly looking forward to experiencing this.My local guide here greeted me with her bright smile and took me around the lesser-known parts of Bagan. We began the day with a visit to an ancient pagoda from where we could see the sun rise (without any tourists around). We then headed to a nearby village for an outdoor breakfast amidst fields, followed by the local market to pick up flowers for the monastery.Our host monastery was a small one, with just a handful of senior monks residing there. I got to interact with them for a bit, after which we went into a meditation cave where we practiced breathing exercises.
Bagan, Myanmar, is famous for its many, many old temples and pagodas. There used to be 10,000 temples, but because of earthquakes and no maintenance, there are only 2000 left. Although many have vanished, there are still a lot of temples to visit in Bagan and it really is an impressive view.When it's the balloon season (half October to half April) there will be hot air balloons rising up during sunrise, making it a magical moment. The beautiful early morning light and the old temples and ruins are already a special sight, but the balloons floating around makes it even more impressive. To get a good view it is awesome to get to a higher point and climbing up a temple is the best way to experience Bagan. In this blog, we'll tell you which Bagan temples are still allowed to climb.Climbing of the Bagan TemplesNowadays, the most popular and big Bagan temples aren't allowed to climb up anymore. Almost all temples are closed, except for the ones we'll tell you about below. These are all confirmed to be open at the time of writing (January 2019). Do note however that this might change in the future as they are closing more and more temples! We will keep this blog up to date with the latest information about the temples in Bagan. Before you're visiting, always read up to date information and if you really can't find a temple, there are enough locals around Bagan that will help you find a temple that is open to climb. Let us know in the comments if you know of other temples that are open to climb!
Where: MyanmarWhat to do: Located in central Burma, it is one of the world’s best archaeological sites and is often compared with the likes of Macchu Picchu or Angkor Wat. Before the dreaded heat wave and upcoming tourist season starts, November is the best season to travel to Myanmar. Take a self-contained river cruise to Mandalay or visit one of the many UNESCO restored Buddhist temple sites. The best part about visiting the country this month is witnessing the Shwezigon Pagoda Festival, which is celebrated over 23 days throughout the month, with fireworks and candle processions
An ancient city in central Myanmar, Bagan is one of the world's greatest archaeological sites, which gives some serious competition to Machu Picchu, and still remains largely untouched. More than 2000 Buddhist temples and monuments, dating back to 1100-1200 AD tower over green tamarind plains. Here frescoes, intricate carvings and statues of Buddha are well preserved by UNESCO.