How Umrah Packages Have Now Become Affordable for Muslimsby Safeena Rahman Travel Addict
Millions of Muslims residing in various corners of the globe perform their Umrah or the 'lesser pilgrimage' by visiting the holy city of Makkah from their place of residence. Although it is lesser in importance when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj, it is Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) Sunnah and brings some spiritual rewards for the pilgrim who performs it. Hajj is an obligation for all the able-bodied and financially capable Muslims, but Umrah has no such obligation. It can be performed at any time of the year and is usually accomplished within a few hours.
There was a time when Muslims intending to perform their lesser pilgrimage had to depend on their nearest travel agent specialising in Islamic religious tours to get their journey to the holy city arranged. In recent times, many tour operators offering Umrah packages have come up in different corners of the world, giving the prospective pilgrims several options. Today, they can go through the costs offered by different tour operators and decide which one among them would be best suited to their budget. However, before going ahead with their booking, they must ensure that the tour operator they have decided to book with has been authorised by the Hajj Ministry of Saudi Arabia.
In recent times, almost all the tour operators have their mobile-friendly websites, where they have all the packages displayed in various categories. This gives Muslims the required convenience in browsing through all the available packages using their smartphones. They can also make their booking using these websites with greater ease. Muslims who wish to perform their Umrah can also search for their desired packages online on any of the popular search engines. In the search results, they would get several options in cost-effective packages. They can compare these packages and choose the one that suits their budget the most.
Upon booking any of these packages several months in advance, they can have greater savings to be utilised during their time spent in the holy city of Makkah. Before they go ahead and book their desired package, they must have their date of departure and period of stay in Makkah ready. It, therefore, becomes necessary to decide a suitable date of departure and the number of days they intend to stay in the holy city much before they make their booking. Once they have the dates ready, they can go ahead and book their chosen package immediately to get the best deal.
Some might not be concerned about budgets and would choose to stay in one of the elegant 5-star hotels of Makkah. For such pilgrims, most of the tour operators have high-end packages arranged in 5-star category on their website. Such packages have accommodations arranged for pilgrims in one of the 5-star hotels in the holy city located close to Masjid al-Haram. This would give such pilgrims greater convenience in visiting the holy mosque and performing all the rituals with complete peace of mind. They would also get to enjoy all the modern amenities provided in the hotel where their stay has been arranged.
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