Morning Excursion: Mandalay
After breakfast, visit a Tapestry &Wood carving workshops to learn more about these cottage industries and see the skilled artisans at work. Then stop at Mahamuni pagoda, the most revered shrine in Mandalay, to see its impressive gold-leaf Buddha. Due to the continual application of gold leaves, officials estimate the gold is approximately six inches thick.
Afternoon excursion: Mandalay
This afternoon, visit Kuthodaw Pagoda and Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remnant of former King Mindon’s “Golden City” to survive the bombing of World War II. Originally the king’s living quarters, the building was moved after his death to its current location and converted into a monastery. Today, the original gilding has faded, but the intricate wood carvings endure, giving you a sense of how extravagant the original teak palace complex was. Lastly, stop at a gold leaf workshop to see how it is made. This evening, enjoy a Traditional performance by Mandalay Art School after Dinner on the Sun Deck. Moore overnight at Mandalay.
Accommodation: Paukan Cruise (Main Deck Cabin) ( www.ayravatacruises.com )