Inle Lake and Surrounding
The highest lake rimming high hills, Inle Lake is 22 km long, 11 km wide, 1328 meters above sea level. The home to the Inthar national race, Inle lake is famous for having floating villages, pagodas and monasteries. Interesting distinctive rowing style of local fishermen is which involves standing at the stern on one leg and wrapping the other leg around the oar. The inthar grow vegetables on floating beds of slit and cut weeds tacked to the lake bottom with bamboo poles. The beds can be detached and moved as necessary. Phaung Daw Oo Kyaung, Kaungdine which is Inthar village seen potting, weaving and there is hot springs spa are places worth visiting.
Kalaw, called as the pine land is beautiful and peaceful hill station town. You can see cottages of British colonial era and some already converted into guest houses. It’s also pleasantly cool and a good place for hiking amid gnarled pines, bamboo groves and rugged mountain scenery.
The three caves along the cliff are believed to contain more than 8,000 images. The southernmost cave containing the main shrine is 490 ft (149m) long and is filled with images of all sizes, carved in wood, stone, marble and bronze, some thickly gilded.Here one can see many Buddha images in the “healing posture, with a bowl on the upturned palm of the left hand while the forefinger and thumb of the right hand holds a fruit called hpan khar, (Terminalia chebula) which is often used in traditional medicine.
Pindaya is noted for local handicrafts include shan paper made from mulberry bark and parasols made from the same paper and also Pindaya Cave Pagoda. The famous Pindaya Caves are including three caves along the cliff and there are 8094 Buddha images – made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer and cement. Padah-Lin Caves which the interior of one of the cafes is decorated with the remains of very old paintings of animal and human subjects is located north-west of Pindaya and near the village of Ye-ngan.
The capital of Shan state, Taunggyi is situated at 1430 meters as a hill station and also a growing trade center of southern Shan state. You can go to Inle lake area takes about one hour and also Kakku pagoda complex from there.