Throughout the year, Muslims from all over the world, of different races, colours and social statuses, travel to Makkah to perform Umrah, without any discrimination between them. Even though it is not compulsory, many Muslims go on Umrah to seek the love of their creator Allah. Umrah increases the faith, piety and devotion of individuals towards religion. Muslims are much closer to Allah the Almighty when they perform Umrah. They seek Allah’s forgiveness, guidance, and acceptance of their good deeds and pray for their needs. Various Umrah packages 2024 are available for Muslims travelling from different parts of the world to travel to Makkah. These packages cover all the expenses of flights, visas, travel, food, hotels and all other necessities. To help pilgrims on their holy journey, tour groups offer a wide range of Umrah packages with great deals on 3-star, 4-star, 5-star and VIP-rated services. These packages have made Umrah much easier and more convenient for people wishing to perform Umrah, but for those wishing to book their own Umrah package and not go with the tour group, there are still options. In this blog, we’re going to discuss the arrangements that the person would have to make for an Umrah package.
People who are planning to book their own Umrah package must have the essentials in mind while the planning is in progress. Here are some of the key elements of an Umrah package that needs to be covered
1. Visa and Flight arrangements
Get your visa from the Saudi embassy or embassy in your own country. As visa procedures get updated from time to time, they may differ from the previous ones. The person should be aware of it and should consult with the concerned authorities to get the visa. Along with getting the Visa, the person needs to get his or her flight booked in advance to have a comfortable travelling.
2. Hotel Booking
A large number of Muslims, thousands or even millions of them come to the holy land of Makkah to perform the Umrah. To get accommodation easily and to avoid hassles on arrival, the person should book the hotel well in advance. If you don’t do so, your accommodation search will be quite a task.
3. Ground transportation
You will need to arrange transport from the airport to your hotel in Makkah and Madinah. However, Taxis and private transport services are readily available at the airports for your convenience but if you arrange it before you won’t have to worry about reaching there. To ensure a trouble-free journey, you should consider booking transport in advance.
Before booking your own Umrah package one should be knowledgeable about the rituals and main components of Umrah like Tawaaf and Sai’i that the person has to perform. It will not be easy for them to ask for guidance at every step. So that you can perform Umrah with full concentration and devotion, seek guidance from Islamic scholars, or any religious institute or even you can find lectures on the internet explaining every activity of Umrah in detail.
5. Personal arrangements:
You need to be prepared with all the essentials of Umrah such as Ihram clothes, prayer mats and other things. Be aware of the basic rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia and Umrah so that you know the do’s and don’ts when performing Umrah.
For other Islamic sites and landmarks in Makkah and Madinah, do your research and plan your visits accordingly. Some of the most popular sites are the Cave of Hira, Mount Uhud and the Quba Mosque.
Planning your own Umrah package gives you the liberty of choice and comfort with which you can plan as per your ease and have a memorable journey.