Let us walk you through the ‘Lost and Found Land’ of Burma. Lost for almost 5 decades under the control of Military Junta, and found open to the rest of the globe only recently since 2013. For those who are new to the idea of this place, it will be wiser to associate Burma with its new name Myanmar, which shares its border with Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand on the world map.
Claimed as the ‘Golden Land’ laid out with hundreds of Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries, Burma is evidently for the off-beat traveler. Serene, exotic, calm and mesmerizing, it is probably one of the very few places left on the planet which is still preserved in its culture and untouched by the commercial world of tourism. Men still wear skirts as their daily outfits, and you can easily spot more monks on the streets than tourists. Hotels are expensive and mostly under development to prepare their industry for a rather sudden flux of curious visitors, and meanwhile the monasteries are opening their doors to travelers as experiential home-stay accommodations.
But what makes Burma truly breathtaking is its religion. As the legend goes, Buddhism in Burma is as old as Buddha himself. With 89% of local Burmese people still following Therevada Buddhism as their devout belief, the place is a literal paradise for the Buddhist traveler. Painted in white and shining gold, the place is unique in its architecture referred to as the typical pagoda style, and each of its temples and monasteries are filled with numerous Buddha statues as a sign of respect. A long awaited Must on our personal bucket list, for all those who crave for spiritual travels – Burma tops the list and we suggest you explore it while its still pristine and unaltered.
Photo Credits: By Ankur Schroff – A businessman by profession but a photographer at heart, who never misses an opportunity to click even on a serious work trip.