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YOGA-PHOTO TOUR TO MYANMAR
02.02 - 16.02. 2020
Dear friends, a new journey is waiting for us! On February 2-16, 2020 we will immerse ourselves into the atmosphere of the lost in time Myanmar.The tour will bring together three types of self-improvement: the art of photography, culture and discovery tourism, and yoga practice.
- Anton Yulikov — professional photographer with experience of photo sessions in more than 30 countries of the world. This tour will be a good opportunity to take a new look at the art of photography through the eyes of a professional, who has travelled with his camera around the world.
- Nadezhda Gashimova has been teaching yoga over 14 years. She received Hatha Yoga training for teachers. Currently, she is a student of Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore (India).
Myanmar, which is a modern name of Burma, is a unique collection of ancient treasures and cultural heritage. Intensive colors of the South-East Asia inspire us for masterpieces. The lost in time tribes, buildings, and nature will give you a charge for efficient yoga practice and photography.
The journey will start and finish in the city of Yangon near one of the gems of our planet – the Shwedagon Pagoda. We will greet the dawn of the day with yoga practice and take photographs of the landscapes, local people and everyday life of Myanmar. You will see the teak pagodas of Myanmar, thousands of temples of the ancient Bagan, the one-of-a-kind life at Lake Inle, the biggest stone book in the world and the daily life of small peoples of Myanmar.
Temperature and Air
February is the best time to visit Myanmar. It is a dry season, when it almost doesn’t rain, but it’s not hot outside.
In some regions of Myanmar, where we will have a track, for example, the globalization has not yet eaten the nature completely. You will be surprised with the cleanliness of the air in that regions!
Route and Program
Day 1 – February 2, 2020
Flight to Yangon and check-in in a guest-house.
Day 2 – February 3, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Walking around Yangon. Introductory photography course (most probably at the roof of a guest-house). Visit to the most ancient pagoda of Myanmar SULE. Evening trip to the main sanctuary – the Shwedagon Pagoda. The dusk hours in this place are one of the most amazing experiences during the whole stay in Myanmar. Not so much the pagoda’s size and richness will astonish you, as the sacredness of this place for Buddhists, the meaning of this statue in the history of the country, and the most important thing – the atmosphere at the territory of the sanctuary complex.
The Shwedagon Pagoda during sunset. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Monks at the evening service near the Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo by Anton Yulikov
The Shwedagon Pagoda. Sunset
Day 3 – February 4, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Flight to Bagan. Hotel check-in. Visit of the Shwezigon Pagoda and several other important temples. Farewell to the day at one of the “sunset” pagodas of the ancient capital of Myanmar, for example, the Shwesandaw Pagoda. Evening photo-lesson.
Ancient Bagan after the sunset. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 4 – February 5, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Those, who want to go up in the air with an air-balloon, can do it early in the morning at additional charge (approximately 300 $) to see the rising sun and the city of temples from a bird’s perspective. Other people will greet the rising sun at the stairs of one of the most ancient pagodas. Morning yoga practice. Breakfast. Visit to the main temples and sightseeing attractions of Bagan (Pagan) – the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, which was flourishing for two centuries at the territory of Myanmar. More than 4000 temples of unique Burmese architecture, scattered around a comparatively small area, make it a truly exceptional place of the world. The program includes visits to the temples of Ananda, Thatbyinnyu, Sulamani, Shwesandaw, Mahabodhi, Gawdawpalin, Manuha, and other less-known buildings.
Second half of the day: meeting the sunset.
Air-balloons at the dawn in Bagan. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Photo-session at the dawn in Bagan.
Photo-session at the dawn in Bagan.
Day 5 – February 6, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Further visits to the temples of Bagan. Before leaving Bagan, we will see the ancient frescos in the temples of Gubyakdzhi, Myazendi, and Lokatekpan and will leave for Kalo.
Ancient frescos. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 6 – February 7, 2020
Yoga practice during sunrise. Start of the track to Inle Lake. Night in the ancient temple.
Villages along the track to Kalo. Photo by Anton Yulikov
A woman with a baby is returning from the fields at the dusk. Track to Kalo. Photo by Anton Yulikov
A girl and a water buffalo. Track to Kalo. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 7 – February 8, 2020
Yoga practice during sunrise. The second day of the track. Arrival at Inle Lake. Boat trip to the town of Nyaungshwe. Check-in in a guest-house. Analysis of masterpieces from the track.
The town of Nyaungshwe, monks are collecting offerings at the sunrise. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 8 – February 9, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Photography of monks during the sunrise. Inle Lake: fishermen, rowing with their legs in a standing positions, floating gardens, the temple of jumping cats and Hpaung Daw U Pagoda, where five sacred statues of Buddha are preserved, which are the reason for a big annual festival in September. Visit to the workshops, where cheroot cigarettes (famous Burmese cigarettes) and fabric of lotus fibers are made. Evening photo-lesson.
A fisherman at Inle Lake. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 9 – February 10, 2020
Yoga practice during sunrise. Lake trip. If we have enough time, we can go to Kakku – a place, famous for the forest of stupas (there are 2478 of them). Evening photo-lesson.
Day 10 – February 11, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Breakfast. A trip along the Mandalay Road to visit a picturesque teak monastery Shwe Yan Pyay. Meditation practice. A trip to Mandalay will take approximately 8 hours. Upon the arrival at Mandalay, we will try to have enough time to visit at least a part of its sightseeing attractions.
A monk after the collection of offerings. Photo by Anton Yulikov
A monk is smoking in the window of a Teak Monastery. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 11 - February 12, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. On this day, you will see the biggest book of the world in the Kuthodaw Pagoda – a teak palace-temple of the King Mindon, the Mahamuni Temple, where the most sacred statue of Buddha in the country is kept, as well as workshops of wooden architecture and golden thread workshops, where they make thin ribbons of gold, which are later used as offerings in the temples.
Day 12 – February 13, 2020
Yoga practice during the sunrise. Breakfast. Trip to the surroundings of the city to see the famous longest in the world teak U Bein Bridge and Sagaing - the capital of the ancient Sagaing Kingdom. Conclusions of the photo-tour.
A pagoda in the surroundings of Sagaing. Photo by Anton Yulikov
A view from the U Bein teak bridge during the sunset. Photo by Anton Yulikov
Day 13 – February 14, 2020
A long trip to Yangon. Perhaps, we will be able to meet the sunset near Pagoda.
Day 14 – February 15
Flight back home.
Price of the tour: 1950$ + airplane tickets.
The price includes:
- a place in a group of 13 people
- visa to Myanmar
- flight Yangon-Bagan
- all the travels according to the program
- meals (2 or 3 times a day depending on the need and opportunities)
- accommodation (guest-houses and hotels)
- all the permissions and entrance tickets
- photography seminars and practice
- yoga seminars and practice
It takes several days to receive a Visa to Burma (Myanmar) in Moscow. What is required? Your international passport, a copy of the Russian passport, application, photo and 35 US dollars. In addition to that, there is an opportunity to receive a visa online.