Inle Lake

Inle Lake is located in the heart of the Shan Plateau & it’s the second largest lake in Myanmar after Indawgyi lake in Kachin State in the North. It is a beautiful highland lake, 900 meters above sea level. The lake is 22km long and 10km across, and inhabited by many different ethnic nationals of the area. The Intha people are the Lake dwellers who are unique for their leg rowing. Leg rowed traditional boats are the main ceremonial attractions of the Inlay Lake. The Intha people (“sons of the lake” or “ Residents of the lake ) are members of a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group living around Inle lake. They speak an archaic dialect of Burmese and are believed to have come from theDawei area. They often live on Inle lake and support themselves through the tending of vegetable farms on floating gardens. Also, the Intha are known for their leg-rowing techniques and are traditionally Buddhists. The entire lake area is contained in the township of Nyaung Shwe and supports a population of 189,407 in 2014 that consists of Intha , Shan , Taungthu , Taungyo , Pa-O , Danu , Kayah , Danaw and Burmar people. One of the best times of the year to be there is during Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival that celebrated in every October which lasts for almost three weeks. Main Highlights of Inle lake are Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda , Shwe Indein Pagoda that is over 30 minutes boat ride from main lake , Nga Phel Kyaung Wooden Monastery , Ywa Ma Village , Inpawkone Village , Floating Gardens , 5 days rotating market.

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