Kachin State is the northernmost state of Myanmar and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful ones, is adorned by the king of mountains, the Himalayas. Kachin is home to picturesque mountains, valleys and lakes and surely is a heaven for mountain lovers. The highest peak of Myanmar Hkakabo Razi is located here. Kachin is have along with the largest inland lake of Southeast Asia – Indawgyi Lake. Myitkyina is the capital and of Kachin, other important towns being Bhamo, Mohnyin and Putao. Kachin is the birthplace of Ayeyarwady River, the most important river of Myanmar. The lush green farmlands on two banks of the river interspersed with the snowcapped peaks present picture postcard hard to forget sceneries for visitors to cherish. The state is also famous for the abundance of jade and gold. The view of groups of people digging an panning for gold is quite common on the two sides of Ayeyarwaddy River.
Being the northernmost state, Kachin presents amazing natural views for tourists to enjoy. It is the birthplace of Ayeyarwaddy, the most important river of Myanmar. A short ride from Myitkina will take tourists to Myitsone, where MayKha and Malika rivers join together to form Ayeyarwaddy. The clear water and the cool climate is to be cherished. The extensive banks of Ayeyarwaddy are ideal for farming and hence, lush green farmlands are the most common view here. Kachin is also home to Indawgyi, Myanmar’s largest natural lake, a stunning and secluded destination for nature lovers. It is fairly untouched although adventure activities such as recreational fishing, kayaking, trekking and cycling are available.
SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS
Kachin is the only state in Myanmar which is home to the mighty Himalayas. The snowcapped mountains are the birthplace of innumerable large and small rivers, lakes, flora and fauna. Tourists looking to enjoy the cool weather need to head out to towns nestled in the lap of the hills. Khakaborazi, the nation’s highest peak at 5,882m, is found in Kachin State. A mountainous region in the far north of Myanmar. It is also considered to be the highest mountain in Southeast Asia. The peak is enclosed within the Khakaborazi National Park, a mountainous park characterised by broad-leaved evergreen rain forest, semi-deciduous forest and snowy forest. The entire region is a treat to anyone who loves mountainous terrain.
Kachin has a number of distinct towns each of which has a distinctive character to itself. Myitkina is the capital and is a busy town which is also the business centre of Kachin State. A clean city with a cool climate, Myitkina is ideal for enjoying the scenic beauty of the Kachin region. A notable town located further north is Putao which is famous for the variety of birds and rare orchids. The forests on the east and west of Putao are filled with magnificent black orchids and the area provides excellent base to view the scenic beauty of the Himalayas, included its forests and rivers.
Putao: Tourists looking forward to viewing some snow-capped peaks need to visit Putao, a quaint town nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The town has a cold climate throughout the year and is characterised by people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who are warm to tourists. Visitors will be able to see a number of flora and fauna here, especially rare species.
Myitkyina: Myitkina is the capital state of Kachin State and is renowned for its cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, attractive riverside or surrounds areas. A short drive from Myitkina takes a visitor to Myitsone, the largest inland lake of Southeast Asia. Myitkina has a lovely riverfront where a local market is operated regularly. A large standing and reclining Buddha image also adorn the river bank.
Myitsone: A journey of 45 kilometres to the north of Myitkina takes a visitor to Myitsone, the scenic confluence of the Mayhka and the Malikha rivers which join to form the Ayeyarwady river. The journey takes about one and a half hours and the road passes through breathtakingly scenic parts of Myanmar.
Inndawgyi Lake: the largest inland lake of Southeast Asia is located in the Mohnyin Township in the Kachin State. The lake measure 13 km east to west and 24 km north to south. The lake has a wildlife sanctuary around it which contains a variety of species especially some rare mammals and birds.
Kachin People: The hills of Kachin are inhabited by the Kachin or Chingpaw people who are characterised by a large number of tribes, sub-tribes and clans. Most numbers of Kachin people live in China and India and speak the Jinghpaw language and survive on shifting cultivation on the hill.
Manaw Festival: This festival is celebrated around the first week of January and attracts Kachin people from all over the world. The manaw dance is performed during this festival and originated as a part of the worship of Nat spirit from the past.
Inn Daw Gyi Shwe Mitzu Pagoda Festival: Conducted for 8 days in March of every year, this festival is celebrated on the bank of the Inndawgyi lake. Prior to the festival, sandbanks emerge on the side of the lake, making it easier for pilgrims to reach the pagoda. Locals believe that one sandbank is for humans while the others is for spirits to visit the pagoda.