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

Internal Flight Number Three Took Us From Bagan To The Airport Nearest...

We Left The Relatively Flat Plains Near The Irrawaddy River And Flew...

The Rolling Hills Below Us Were Obviously Prime Agricultural Land, Hilltops Seemed...

The Various Crops, At Their Different Stages Of Growth, Created A Colourful...

The Flight Took Less Than An Hour, And We Landed At The...

The Plan Was To Take A Leisurely 4-Hour Bike Ride Down To...

I Didn't Take Any Photos For The First Hour Because There Wasn't...

We Hadn't Done Much Bike Riding In The Previous Months, But Our...

Whenever I Felt Sorry For Myself, I Would Think About The Farmers...

We Would Be Riding Mainly Off-Road, I Was Happy We Were Sticking...

Eventually, The Three Guys Left Christine And I On Our Own With...

We Had Agreed To Meet At This Little Food Stall, But The...

We Hung Out For More Than A Half Hour With Our Guide,...

I Was Very, Very Worried About Anil, I Had Visions Of Him...

After Losing Over An Hour Of Riding Time, We Decided To Push...

Fortunately The Last Hour Of Riding Was Mostly Downhill, More Like What...

Eventually We Arrived At The Monastery, Only To Find The Guys Had...

I Was More Than A Little Annoyed, But Relieved That Everyone Was...

After A Great Vegetarian Lunch Prepared By The Monks, We Were Loaded...

Instead Of Taking The Side Road To Indein, We Were Informed That...

I Was Delighted To Stretch My Weary Legs, And It Was Clear...

The First Part Of The Trail Was Relatively Easy, I Ran Ahead...

After An Hour Of Hiking, We Could Finally See Glimpses Of Inle...

However, Now The Footing Became Much More Tricky, It Was Steep And...

It Took Us Another Hour Of Strenuous Hiking Before We Finally Reached...

Our Guide Took Us Through The Small Village And There We Learned...

Anil And I Rode In One Boat With A Guide, The Others...

By Now It Was Almost 5:00pm, It Would Be Getting Dark Soon,...

We Passed What Seemed Like The Edge Of The Lake, Where Solid...

The Floating Plants Are So Thick And Dense That The Farmers Can...

Everywhere We Looked, We Saw Crops Being Grown, And Here And There,...

Gradually The Small Canal Became Wider And Wider, Allowing Access For Every...

Eventually, We Found Ourselves Out In Open Water, We Could See The...

Fifteen Minutes Later We Were Treated To A Magical Sunset As We...

At The Northern End Of The Lake We Entered Another Narrow Channel...


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BACKGROUND

“A short flight takes us to Heho, and we’ll journey into Inle Lake the best way possible: by bike! As you arrive your two wheels are waiting and we’ll start a leisurely 4-hour biking trip down to Indein. Today isn’t technical, however we ride mostly off-road, and the majority of the roads are flat or downhill after we get through a few uphill portions in the beginning.

Today’s highlight is passing through numerous Pa O villages in an area where few visitors go - a great experience for our intrepid selves!

We have time to stop on the way to enjoy the fantastic views over the lake and the Shan countryside. Lunch will be in a local village and we’ll end the cycling portion and explore the ancient ruins of Indein. From there, we continue by boat to the lodge, where your luggage is waiting in your room.

View Point Lodge sits on the edge of the canal leading to the magnificent Inle Lake and reflects the beauty of its name. The scenic surroundings include the canal entering the lake on one side and rice paddies on the other, all overlooking the highest mountains in the region. The Lodge is walking distance to the village of Nyaung Shwe.

Cottage Suites are built on pilings using traditional Shan construction. The Lodge and cottages are built with local limestone, mud and rice straw, and reinforced with wooden beams. Only paints made from laterite mud and natural wax decorate the Lodge. Using traditional materials does not mean compromising comforts as all suites have modern bathrooms, WiFi and LCD TV. The Lodge blends the best of the Shan traditions and the needs of modern travelers.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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