Engines started up on the RV Paukan 2007 about 6am & off we went again. Another beautiful, sunny day.
We reached Bagan by about 10am. The first thing we saw when we disembarked was our hotel. In the itinerary, it said that our guide and driver would take us to our hotel. I think it would have been quicker to walk!
Our first excursion was to see the Bu Lethi pagoda. I decided I was too weak to climb it, because I had been up half the night. Mum and Dad climbed to the top for amazing views of pagodas. Everyone was ordered by the king to build a pagoda in about 1047, when he decided to become Buddhist. Depending on how much money & land you had, you built a suitable size pagoda – all made out of bricks. After an earthquake in 1975 lots of the tops of the pagodas wobbled off, & due the requests for money to the World to restore them, Bagan all of a sudden became interesting to tourists & lots of hotels were built.
We then drove for a small stop at the Nyaung U market – Dad was going to have a hair cut, but the queue was too long.
Our next pagoda visit was to Shwe Zi Gone pagoda. We walked around the outside and it is massive! The top fell off during the 1975 earthquake, but has just been renovated & it is covered in gold leaf.
We then went back to our hotel for lunch and a two hour snooze. I felt better afterwards. Our guide was waiting for us at around 4 o’clock to take us to Ananda temple, which is being renovated by the Indian government. It had no stairs, 1,000 alcoves containing Buddhas & four massive Buddha statues – two are originals -that have changing facial expressions depending on how close you are to them! Mum thought they had duck lips.
Our final stop today was to another pagoda (Shwe San Daw), which we climbed up to watch the sunset – a really good one tonight.
P.S. Sorry about the late posts. Wi-fi has been bad – so photos are coming in a few days.