Pindaya – Fascinating Caves and Invigorating Crafts amidst Charming Backdrops
The handsome and valiant prince took the spider and rescued the beautiful princesses. This is how the quaint town of Pindaya (‘taken the spider’) in Myanmar’s Shan State got its name. Just like the fairy-tale legends to its credit, the place has dramatic natural settings and some astounding secrets which make it a popular tourist destination. Once you start exploring Pindaya, there is no extent to how far you may go.
Pindaya Limestone Caves
Overlooking the entire region is the ridge accommodating the limestone caves that attract Buddhist pilgrims, leisure travellers and adventure tourists. One of the three caves open for the tourists boasts of more than 8,000 images of Buddha in many different styles and sizes. Reach the foot of the hill in a horse cart and then access the caves by climbing over 200 stairs. At the foot, the Shwe U Min Pagoda is another remarkable site.
Nature as the Host
Located on the bank of Pone Ta Lote Lake, Pindaya is beautiful with green countryside and sleepy villages. The captivating views of the lake and the huge banyan trees from the hilltop are like visual treat for the eyes. Visit the nearby village of Yazagyi and you will come across the patches of fields in green, gold, brown and other shades, like those found in the Western countries.
The heritage quotient of Pindaya is not limited to its caves, as there are many other attractions in the vicinity. Sin Khaung Monastery, built in wood and extremely gorgeous in the architecture, boasts of bronze Buddha statues. Rock paintings at Pyadalin Cave let the tourists have a glimpse of the prehistoric times.
Amazing Craft Workshops
Spectacular umbrellas and Shan paper are among the handmade products in the region. It is worth exploring the art of making them. Bamboo hat making is another interesting activity you can watch from close at Thayetkon Village. Visit Or Yaw Village to watch artists engaged in pottery and producing unmatchable vases, pots and toys.
Pindaya is another striking dimension of Myanmar’s riveting tourism and it confirms the country’s abundance in unusual attractions and activities.
- Fascinating Caves and Invigorating Crafts
- Pindaya Limestone Caves
- Nature as the Host
- Abundant Heritage
- Amazing Craft Workshops