Located on the plateau of Phnom Kulen, Mahendraparvata (Mountain of the Great Indra) hit the headlines in 2013 as a ‘lost medieval city’ that was revealed through the use of aerial LIDAR data. This was 21st century archaeology at its very best, being several new sites discovered, till the point in which the urban settlement turned out to be much bigger and valuable archaeologically than previously expected.
Hop on the back of the motorcycle to explore this newly accessible peerless setting. The urbanism in here is impressively and strictly organized in a natural environment which is not plain like Angkor, but amidst valleys, rivers, cliffs. Enjoy the ride!
Meals: lunch | Accommodation: not included
We will travel by vehicle to the busy settlement of Preah Ang Thom before getting on our motorbike and head to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Ancient Empire, since it was here where Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802AD, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow.
Remote jungle sceneries, Hindu and Buddhist shrines hidden beneath the rock face and some impressive viewpoints will be awaiting us, as well as Sra Damrei, and its life-size stone elephant, the brick temple of Damrei Krab or the early pyramid temple of Rom Cheng, which is believed to be the temple where the devaraja (god-king) ceremony took place -where Jayavarman II proclaimed himself the earthly incarnation of Shiva.
We will continue to the incredible rock formations of Poeng Tbal, which include a number of holy carvings. These sites date from the 9th century and the reign of Jayavarman II, pre-dating the relocation of the capital to Angkor by almost a century.
Heading back to Preah Ang Thom village for a local lunch to explore afterwards the nearby and impressive riverbed rock carvings, including innumerable lingas and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. Also close by there is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. Wat Pre Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. Later we descend from the plateau and return to Siem Reap town.
|Group Size||Price per Person|
|2 pax||212 USD|
|3 - 5 pax||187 USD|
|6 - 8 pax||133 USD|
* Prices valid till 1st October 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program which has been handcrafted by our production team and that includes the best of every destination (highlights and some lesser known assets as well!). Our travel consultants will also be glad to customize this journey to suit your specific interests and travel-style.
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* Special prices for larger groups, children and the possibility to connect the trip with other stages of your trip around Indochina, by contacting us.
* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.