Ava – Inwa
Ava became the ruling capitol of central Burma some years after the collapse of Pagan Empire in 1286. “Burmanized” Shan Prince Thadominphya, claiming decent from the Pagan Kings, founded the city in 1364. Excepting brief interruptions, like a little sacking by the Mon in 1752, Ava was the capitol for over 4 centuries before moving to nearby Amarapura in 1841.
These days Inwa is more rural than regal, with the ruins, monasteries and stupas spaced intermittently amid mostly empty fields. Still it’ worth a visit if you have time, and touring by horse-cart is a relaxing respite from bustling Mandalay.