The Intriguing Sagaing Region lies at a vital place and is bordering India, Nagaland, Manipura, and Chin State on the west of it, on the east, are Kachin State, Shan State, and Mandalay Region. It also shares the common border on the south with Magway Region. The northern part of the Sagaing region is mountainous and the ranges are high. On the south are low ranges and plains.
Bamar people mostly live in Kathar and in areas along the Mandalay-Myitkyina route. Shan people are found in the upper Chindwin River valley and Kawlin, Wuntho, and Pinlebu townships. On the northwest ranges there live Nagas people and Chin people in the south. In the upper Mu river valley and Mezar river Valley, there live Kadu and Kanan people.
Sagaing town itself nestles close to the river and goes right up to the edge of the hills. For two brief periods, Sagaing was the capital of the whole country.Today Sagaing is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the country.
The scenery is spectacular all the year round: in summer many flowering trees are in full bloom, in the rainy season the numerous whitewashed pagodas nesting in the hills are observed against a leaden sky, and in the cold season with the Sagaing Hills.
Would you like to visit a typical unspoiled Myanmar town not far from the tourist track? If you do, you should go to Monywa, a thriving, picturesque town on the Chindwin River, only a three hours drive from Mandalay.
There is a belief that the land in this place is a land of victory. Even after the capital was shifted to other places, the Kings, their royal officials and high ranking army commanders used to come back to tread the “earth of victory land” at Shwebo, in a ceremonial way.
Twintaung area is situated on the Central Volcanic Belt of Myanmar. After the eruption, an inflow of groundwater often turns the crater into a shallow lake.The artifacts of famous Anyanthian Culture, Neolithic culture, were found in this area.
Like most ethnic groups, those of Myanmar possess interesting customs and features, their friendly smiles and innocent-looking eyes. As such most photographers are usually attracted to portraiture of national races and scenery of their habitat.
If you go there with your offering, before dawn, you will find that someone has been already there before you. And who else but Ponnya? This is why Ponnyashin Pagoda is called Soon-Oo Ponnyashin, “Shrine of the earliest dawn offering”.
Before the Buddha left, the ogresses requested the Buddha to leave something to be revered. The Buddha gave them an old robe. The ogres built a stupa and enshrined the robe therein and named it Zetavun Pagoda after their chieftain Zeta Ogre.
When a native of Mandalay feels he is in need of a change from the grindstone of daily labor, he or she says, “I think I’ll go West”. That is to say that one is going into retreat among the Sagaing Hills on the west bank of the river Ayeyarwaddy.
Shein Ma Kar situated in Sagaing Region Wetlet Township is a place of interest for local and foreign visitors alike due to its historical link to the Pyu. And the surrounding was more pleasant and beautiful during the raining season than the hot summertime.
Among many destinations of local and foreign tourists around Monywa, Thanbuddhe Pagoda, on the right side of Mandalay-Monywa Road at the entrance to Monywa, is a famous destination due to its magnificent arts and crafts.
“Ah-Hay”.. “Ah-Hay”- “Ah-Hay!!”, the introduction of a Naga ethnic song from a group of Naga men woke me up while I was resisting the morning’s severe cold winter in the hilly region of Naga, as I stayed under my blanket.
Kalay is home not only to Chin ethnics but also to Shan, Yaw, and Bamar ethnics. Kalay is the third prosperous town in Sagaing Region. Rain trees planted on both sides of the roads in the British era are significant beauties of Kalay.