The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a uniquely shaped, white washed pagoda just outside of Mandalay. The Pagoda is topped with a gold spire, that enshrines an image of Buddha. The seven tiers of the pagoda feature niches, that contain small statues of mythological figures.
It is possible to climb to the top of the structure, where you will be treated to a great view of the Irrawaddy river, and nearby Mingun Pagoda.
With scenes like this, I could fall in love with driving in Ladakh a million times over.
This charmingly photogenic monastery is Chemrey, a couple of hours drive from Leh. It was undergoing extensive renovations at the time of my visit, unfortunately, so many parts of it were inaccessible.
WAT PHA SAYSETTHA & SAYSETTHA STUPA by Tourism Marketing Via Flickr: This old pagoda at Saysettha District was construction in 1577 and represents a crucial moment in Lane Xang history when King Saysetthathirath died nearby. The great age of the stupa is evidenced by the original handmade bricks containing the rice grains.
Credit to my friend/trip mate Sebastien for taking this photo while we were in Ladakh, India. He perfectly captured the beauty of the Himalayas and the essence of the whole trip in this photo. Incredibly beautiful. ((Do not delete this caption))