To the northeast of the city centre of Mandalay in Burma, located the Mandalay Hill which is a 240 metres (790 ft) hill and is the root of the city’s name. During nearly two hundred history years served as a major pilgrimage site for Burmese Buddhists, Mandalay Hill is famous for its abundance of pagodas and monasteries. Travel Indochina
Standing just outside the North of downtown, with 230 m above the surrounding plain Mandalay Hill is the natural watch-tower for the visitors to enjoy the spectacular view of the city at sunrise or sunset. All visitors on their arrival in Mandalay do not forget to go to Mandalay Hill, the landmark of Mandalay, where they can watch the panoramic view of the city.
The panoramic spectacular view of Mandalay from the top of Mandalay Hill with the Sutaungpyei (literally wish-fulfilling) Pagoda at alone makes it worthy attempting a climb up its stairways. Four covered stairways at the south, southeast, west and north of the hill which are called saungdan leads up the hill together with convenient seats of masonry work line these stairways all the way up make it easier to get access to the hill. Besides, there is a one-way motor road takes a shorter time to reach the hill for those who are unable to climb up the stairs.
Climbing the 760ft of the hill will bring you a chance to explore the beauty of the Mandalay’s pancake-flat spreading out in an awkward way. The highlight of the adventure is passing through and around a colorful succession of prayer and shopping opportunities at the barefooted walk up covered stairways on the hill’s southern slope. Thailand Travel tours
It only takes you 30 minutes or a little bit longer if you stop to enjoy the magnificent scenery or to buy souvenirs.
The two immense statue of Lions guard the holy hill standing at the bottom in front of the southwest entrance are things which attract tourists most. Almost all visitors and palmers to Mandalay do not miss a chance to climb the 1,729 steps of the covered southern stairway with its magnificent guardian half-lion, half-dragon at the entry.
The Mandalay Hill offers a overview of the Golden City of Mandalay to prove that it is a tower with the beauty given by nature. You will have an unforgettable experience enjoying the sunset beauty over the blinking, winding Ayeyawaddy and the blue Sagaing Hill and the Min Wun ranges in Myanmar.