Information about Mt.Popa
For local people, Mount Popa is one of the most scared destinations for Buddhism pilgrimage in the country. Perched dramatically on a rocky outcrop, the mountain is home to Taung kalat Monastery which overlooks the beautiful surroundings.
What to See ?
As mentioned, the very first sight that attracts your attention is Taung Kalat Monastery which litterally known ‘Pedestal Hill’, believed to house 37 nats (Burmese spirits). To reach the monastery, you need to climb up 777 steps. The compensation is the grand panoramic view.
Moreover which is also well known as one of the most diverse national park in the dry zone of Myanmar. The park is one of the best places to spot wildlife, especially for birding experts.
Interesting festival which celebrates two brothers who were reincarnated as nats (spirits). Mahagiri Nat Festival OF Mt.Popa happens in December, offering some of the most colorful interaction with local villagers.
How to get there
A private car from Bagan to Mountain Popa is the best method of transportation. It takes about 2 hours attached with sightseeing on the road. Local buses are available in Nyaung U town yet it is not so comfortable.
Popa can be considered as a nice stop for a road trip from Bagan to Inle Lake or Shan State as well.