Umrah Packages Can Now Be Booked Using Smartphones
Posted: Jun 16, 2019
Every year, Muslims from different parts of the world visit the holy city of Makkah located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform their Umrah. This Islamic pilgrimage is often referred to as the 'lesser pilgrimage' or the 'minor pilgrimage'. While the major pilgrimage of Hajj is compulsory and must be performed by all the able-bodied and financially capable Muslims at least once in their lifetime, there is no such compulsion with regards to the lesser pilgrimage. Another difference between these two pilgrimages is of the time when they are fulfilled. Hajj is performed in the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, while Umrah can be performed at any time of the year.
As the Muslims residing in countries far from Saudi Arabia have to travel long distances in order to reach Makkah, the journey involves a considerable amount of cost. In the past, many of the Muslim individuals staying in such countries had to keep postponing their plans of performing Umrah owing to the lack of adequate finances. Today, the presence of numerous tour operators across the world has made it possible for them to get Umrah packages at reduced costs. During certain times of the year, the costs of these packages are lowered further by the tour operators to get as many bookings as they can.
The ease at which these packages can be booked in today’s times is also worth considering. In the past, the Muslims who wanted to perform their lesser pilgrimage had to rely on a travel agent in order to get their journey to Makkah arranged. Today, the number of tour operators or travel companies specialising in the Islamic tours of Hajj and Umrah have grown considerably. Almost all of them now have their own websites, making it easier for the prospective pilgrims to browse through all the available Umrah packages and choose the one best suited to their budgets.
Over the years, the websites have become more mobile-friendly and this has made it easier for the prospective pilgrims to browse the packages using their smartphones. They can easily book one of their desired Umrah packages by going through various categories of packages on the mobile-friendly websites of the tour operators. If they book their chosen package several months in advance, they can reduce the cost to a great extent. The savings thus made can be utilised during their stay in the holy city of Makkah for buying some gifts for their friends or family members back home.
For those who are not concerned about budgets, the tour operators provide high-end packages that include stays in one of the elegant 5-star hotels in Makkah located close to Masjid al-Haram. Upon booking one of these packages, the pilgrims would have a comfortable stay in Makkah and have access to some world-class amenities. Such hotels also provide excellent in-room facilities designed to make the stays of their guests pleasant and memorable. The pilgrims staying in them can also have greater convenience while getting to the holy mosque and can perform the rituals of Umrah with complete peace of mind.
I'm Safeena, and I work as a content strategist for Simply Hajj and Umrah, which provides cost-effective Umrah packages for December, January, Easter and Ramadan.