The best views in the cultural capital of Myanmar can be found on Mandalay Hill, which towers on northern edge of the city. A winding road leads to the top, traveled by shared pickup trucks in a few minutes or a leisurely hike in 30 minutes.
At the crown of the hill is a pagoda, reachable by stairs that stretch another 2 km upwards. Besides offering a bird’s eye view of the city, the pagoda is popular for wish granting Buddha statues.
Somewhat congruous, fortune tellers line the pagoda complex just below the uppermost platform, ready to complement visitors’ wishes with more concrete consultations of their futures.