Bagan – unrecognized, world heritage
In Mndalay we bought ticket to Bagan at our hotel. The ticket cost us 11$ per person. Bus station in Mandalee is not in the city, so it wasn’t possible to buy a ticket at the bus station. Early in the morning we took the pickup truck and taken to the bus station. There we were loaded into very, very comfortable bus. We even regretted that the move was so short. At 7 am departure and 2pm arrival already.
Waiting for their flight, everyone will find something interesting to do.
Before entering the city, all a foreigner need to buy a pass to the territory of the city. Or it costs 10 dollars or 10 euros, take your pick.
The bus station is located in the center of town. You can reach the guest houses you can walk, or ride a horse, or on a trishaw.
For$ 10 we found only one hotel. This air-conditioned room( although very old) and with Breakfast. Facilities in the room. And there are rooms and shared facilities. All other guest house we were offered rooms from$ 12, and no air conditioning. Here, no one traded at all.
Opposite the property there is a small shop. Well, a very familiar name, but the similarities, unfortunately, in name only.
In Bagan a lot of restaurants. Near our guest house and were with Italian and Thai dishes. there is Also a restaurant with free Internet. Ordered food or drinks and sit to itself on health. We were in sezonnogo. The juice was worth 0, 80$. The dish at the restaurant around 2$. Actually Burma was a British colony and the French tried to seize her. But the kitchen they are known and loved for some reason Italian) Near the bus station a whole street with restaurants,kafesli. In Bagan there are many restaurants in the evenings they show a puppet theater. Light can from the public lighters. Home certainly can’t take it .
The most popular drink – coffee 3 in one. They have condensed milk there is added. Advertising coffee very much.
The town has a market, bus station and restaurants. That’s all there is. In the evening dinner more here except to do nothing. Electricity is constantly off. Many thanks to the generators. You can walk along the roads, here and all the fun. There are a lot of roads.
On the bus met a very nice bus. Don’t know how really old he is and how much he still skated. But they masterfully floors in buses change to wood, if they have already deteriorated totally, erased. So to live this transport forever.
But in Bagan come to no bus to watch. And the whole Kingdom, where there are now approximately 2000 pagodas and stupas,and when as many as 13 000. We again took the bikes for hire. The whole day costs 2$, if we take half a day, the price is lower. By the time we coincided with the end of school. And on the road on their bikes raced happy students. All in school uniform and with knitted handbags over the shoulder, this is a standard. And the boys and the girls white top and green skirt. Here they are called – longi.
The road to the complex, beautiful, toivovna. Once all this people lived here, but now they all moved to New Bagan. So don’t wait on the way palatochki with water, cigarettes, chocolates and cafes. Procuring all of them) Especially the water.
Most of the buildings were built in the period X| X||| centuries. A huge number of pagodas, stupas, each is different. Let them now less, but still, seen leaves no one indifferent. Most of the stupas are built of red brick.
The former Kingdom suffered a number of destructions. The seizure of the Mongols, plundering, looting and even an earthquake. But still the magnitude, the greatness, the uniqueness here is, it is possible to see, to feel.
On the territory of the archaeological zone, there are functioning monasteries and pagodas. Pilgrims come here, people come here to pray, to meditate before the altar. The most significant stupa Shwezigon and Lokananda Chaun, keeping the teeth of the Buddha. The tops of pagodas covered with gold.
I would recommend not to search by title or description, what to look for. And just come, and here too where the road will lead you, and watch.(If you yourself and not by taxi with a guide).
The best time to visit Bagan is the sunrise or sunset. You choose any pagoda, climb on its top( how to do it and where, you always tell me or the kids or local vendors of Souvenirs). And begin to contemplate the beauty that is around you. Wherever you looked, there is a deep serenity, peace, silence. And with such feelings and emotions, you remain for a long time.
It’s a shame that because of political disagreements UNESCO listed world heritage site – Bagan. But the policy will not be able to come and see for themselves that it’s just amazing and unique.
On the way back we had an emergency. We got a blowout. And it was getting dark and we are on the same stretch of road where not a soul. Here on our luck, stopped the boy. Told that near his house and we drove to it. It was now night. There are no lights in their house there is no light. Just outside the bonfire, and lanterns pocket. In the dark the music from the radio did the bike. It was found that there is still some problem. Replace circuits they are unable and boy we were offered to take his bike out and he still tries to repair and bring back later. We didn’t expect. The services we refused, they themselves will deal with their issues. Naturally,he refused the money. And we rode their bikes, almost to the touch, as it was so dark! Out on the road, we realized that it’s not so scary and we don’t long to roll the bikes, we’re close. Passing in the term of bikes, we’ve even thought about a kind and sympathetic boy)