Amarapura, the penultimate royal capital of Myanmar, was founded in 1783 by King Bodawpaya. Some 11km south of Mandalay, the town is well known for U Pein's Bridge built of over 1000 teak posts. This 1.2km-long footbridge was built across the Taungthaman Lake in 1849. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. There are five shaded rest areas on the bridge and it is really a worthwhile experience to walk over it. Another attraction of Amarapura is the Maha Ganayon monastery. Home to several thousand young monks, it is like a university of Buddhist studies.

InwaSet on the eastern bank of the Ayeyarwady River, about 18km southwest of Mandalay, Inwa had been the longest standing capital of all the Myanmar kingdoms. In 1364, the city of Inwa was founded by King Thadominpya, serving as the seat of about 30 kings for nearly four centuries. The long passage of time damaged many interesting things. Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery (also known as Me Nu Ok Kyaung), Bagaya Monastery and Manmyint Watchtower remain places of interest. Passing many other pagoda ruins lost in palm-lined rice fields, a horse-cart ride is a delightful experience.

Sagaing, one of the royal capitals of old Myanmar, is located on the riverbank across the Ayeyarwady river from Inwa. According to the brief historical records, a Shan chieftain by the name of Athin Khaya made Sagaing his capital after the fall of Bagan. The city of Sagaing is famous for numerous stupas, monasteries and nunneries which are scattered on and around Sagaing Hill. The city reverberates with the sound of small bells from the pagodas and the recitation of the student monks from the monasteries. A realistic picture of Myanmar Buddhist monastic life can be seen in Sagaing.

MingunMingun is a place of interest which lies on the bank of the Ayeyarwady river. Located about 11km upriver from Mandalay, a trip to Mingun is worthwhile not only for its ancient sites but also for the pleasant boat trip. One of the main attractions in Mingun is the partly completed Mingun Pagoda, which was built between 1790 and 1797 by King Bodawpaya. It would have been the world's largest pagoda if it were finished. The king had a bell weighing 90 tons cast to be dedicated to the huge pagoda. Hsinbyume Pagoda which lies at the north end of Mingun offers a nice shot for photographers.

Monywa is a typical up-country town located on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, about 136km west of Mandalay. It is not only a strategic point for the business but also an important place for the education because it is the town of universities. For those who are interested in the markets, there are two big markets in the town and both of them are active most of the time. The highlights of this region are Maha Ledi Monastery which houses 806 Pali stone-inscriptions, Thanboddhay Pagoda with 582,357 Buddha images of all sizes and Bodhi Tahtaung Pagoda with the world tallest standing Buddha image. 

Pyin U Lwin
PyinulwinPyin U Lwin is also known as Maymyo (May-town) since the Colonel May of the 5th Bengal Infantry stationed here during the British colonial era. Its climate is much different from that of Mandalay although it is situated only 69km east of Mandalay. Set on 1050m above sea level, it has a delightfully cool and pleasant weather all the year round. In the south of the town is the National Kandawgyi Garden with more than 480 species of trees and 133 species of colorful flowers. Pwe Kauk Waterfall, Maha Anthtookantha Pagoda and Peik Chin Myaung Cave are another interest of places.

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