Kapoors Year 9A: Paris/Sicily/Myanmar/Nepal travel blog

We Were Up And Out Of The Bagan Lodge At 5:00am On...

We Made Our Way To One Of The Temples In The Dark,...

We Arrived Early So That We Could Stake Out A Good Position...

We Were In A Very Dark Location, Some Of The Larger Temples...

Once There Was A Little More Light, We Were Able To See...

Our Guide Derek, Climbed Even Higher Than The Platform We Were Standing...

The Sun Was Quickly Warming Us Up, But Anil Stood Half In...

It's Very Hard To Choose, But I Think the Mist Over The...

It's Hard To Explain The Feeling You Get When The Sun Rises...

We Very Much Appreciated The Fact That The Five Us Were Alone...

And Then From The Left, We Began To See The Hot Air...

This Balloon Floating Beside One Of The Largest Temples Gives You An...

While Most Of The Temples Strewn Across The Plain Are Made Of...

Now That The Sun Was Well Above The Horizon, We Could See...

I Turned My Camera From The Golden Colours Of The Sunrise To...

At 6:45am The Mist Was Almost Completely Gone And The Contrast Of...

The Sky Began To Be Filled With Hot Air Balloons, An Experience...

Turning In Yet Another Direction, I Was Able To Zoom In On...

We Climbed Down Off Our Secluded Perch And On Our Way Out...

As We Walked Through the Maze Of Nearby Temples, I Spotted Another...

During Our Half-Hour Walk We Passed By Farmer's Fields And I Stopped...

They Have Such Gentle Faces, These Ancient Beasts Of Burden

Now The Farmer Was Ready To Begin The Morning Ploughing, I Asked...

I Was Delighted To Learn That The Crop Was Sesame, Here You...

We Left The Edge Of The Farmer's Fields And Made Our Way...

Derek Led Us To One Lit Inside By Streaming Sunlight And Multiple...

A Novice Monk Was Busy Lighting Incense And Candles In Front Of...

He Was Quick To Pose With One Of The Candles, Clearly A...

Then He Moved Into A Standing Position With A Book, I Knew...

However, I Waited For Awhile And Caught Him In An Unguarded Moment,...

Before Leaving, I Took A Moment To Say A Small Prayer In...


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BACKGROUND

Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Myanmar chapter Bagan and Central Myanmar has to say about Bagan:

“A destination making nearly all Myanmar itineraries, Bagan fills a 26-sq-mile plain of 4000-plus temples that date back centuries. It’s one of Myanmar’s most wondrous sights and rivals Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in terms of scope and jaw-droppability.

Its tallest and most majestic temples – made of brick and topped with gilded pinnacles – are awesome, mixing Hindu and Buddhist images with locally brewed nat (spirits) in nooks.

Myanmar’s greatest architectural site has as many red-brick temples on a plain the size of Manhattan island as Europe has medieval cathedrals. The kings of Bagan, who introduced central Myanmar to Theravada Buddhism, were fond of making statements. Their building frenzy of over 4,400 temples lasted only 230 years, fading before Mongols poured over the plains in 1287.

Today, temples like Ananda Pahto are stand-out highlights that no-one misses, while lesser-visited ones hide colourful murals and hidden stairways that lead to temple tops and wondrous views of the temple-spiked scene. If the vendor hassle at some of the more popular sites starts to wear on you, get a bike, a hat, some water and a torch, and take off for lesser-seen ones. Like travel anywhere, Bagan is what you make of it.”

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