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Myanmar - Pyin Oo Lwin  - botanical gardens

On this full day tour, journey northeast along the railway line, across the plains and up the twisting road into the hills, stopping along the way to admire the spectacular views. Pyin Oo Lwin was originally a Shan Danu village with two dozen households but is now home to around 5,000 Nepalis and 10,000 Indians due to the influx of South Asians during the British colonial era. For many years it was a British hill station, as due to the altitude, it is pleasantly cool and the air is fresh even at the height of the hot season. The establishment in Burma (civil, commercial and military) would move to the hill station during the hot season to escape from the high heat and humidity of Rangoon.

Visit the Botanical Garden and enjoy the views of the town from the tower in the garden. Colonel May used Turkish prisoners of war to develop this 237-acre botanical garden during WWII. The garden features wide expanses of manicured grass, large flower beds, natural forest, rose gardens and an orchid house.

See the Purcell Tower, a clock tower near the town entrance which was presented by Queen Victoria, who offered an identical tower to Cape Town in South Africa.

Also visit the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a 100-year-old church south of the central area which features a large brick sanctuary with a bell tower and cruciform floor plan. The vaulted wooden ceilings and well-appointed interior are impressive.

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