Mandalay is a city located on the banks of the Irrawaddy(Ayeyarwady) River in Central Myanmar. It is the second-largest city in the country after Yangon. Most people expect an old Burma when it comes to Mandalay, but end up getting welcomed by sprawling buildings, wide roads filled with motorcycles and cars, pagodas with towering stupas, shopping complexes, tea houses and many lovely buzzing markets.
Spread around the foot of Mandalay Hill, Mandalay functioned as a royal capital of Ava kingdom for a few decades. The magnificent Royal Palace and Atumashi pagoda are some of the monuments of this period, which were reconstructed by the British. Mandalay is famous for trade, the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning.
The city is popular among tourists for life across the Irrawaddy, plenty of ancient Buddhist pagodas which speak of the rich Burmese culture revolving around Buddhism. The boat cruises from Mandalay to Bagan and Inle and are quite famous for the scenic journey which spans for multiple days on the river.
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