Around 55 kilometers Southeast of Bagan, Mt. Popa is an inactive volcano of 1518 meters high. Each year, the mountain draws thousands of visitors.
The name ‘popa’ derives from a Pali word, puppa, which means flower. The activity that attracts tourists most is climbing up to the top of the mountain. It takes about half an hour to complete 777 stair steps of Mt. Popa, but it is worth the effort. On the top of Mt. Popa is Popa Taungkalat Monastery, the home for 37 Mahagiri spirits – or nats in Burmese language. Also, there, you can catch sight of the whole surrounding area, alluring Ayeyarwaddy River, lovely small villages, and perhaps a wonderful sunset.