Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims every year from their place of residence to the holy city of Makkah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is not an obligation when compared to the major pilgrimage of Hajj, which is mandatory for all the financially and physically capable Muslims. However, being the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it is given great significance in Islam and is often referred to as the ‘minor pilgrimage’ or the ‘lesser pilgrimage’. This is the reason why Muslims from various corners of the world visit Makkah to perform their Umrah.
Many of the Muslims residing in the United Kingdom are faced with budget concerns as there is a considerable amount of cost involved in making the journey to Makkah. Over the years, the cheap Umrah packages offered by various travel companies based in the UK have helped several Muslims in the country to fulfil their dream of performing the lesser pilgrimage. The prospective pilgrims with tight budgets can reduce their travel costs even further by booking their desired package several months in advance. The savings thus made can be utilised during their time spent in Makkah for buying souvenirs or visiting the important places in and around the holy city.
As the tour operators or travel companies have their own websites, it has become quite easier for UK Muslims to go through the Umrah packages that are displayed on these sites. The packages are arranged on these sites usually according to different categories, such as seasons or months. This makes it easier for Muslims residing in the country to choose their desired package and make their booking. Certain occasions like the Christmas and Easter holidays are the ideal times for the prospective pilgrims to accomplish their dream of performing Umrah.
The UK Muslims can also book an Umrah package with flights for a particular month, when they would be able to visit the holy city of Makkah for their minor pilgrimage. Some of the websites of the tour operators or travel companies specialising in the religious tours of Hajj and Umrah have the packages for Umrah arranged according to months. Among the most favoured months are November, December, January, and February. These are the months when the climate of Makkah has relatively comfortable daytime temperatures, which offer great convenience in performing all the rituals associated with Umrah.
Some of the websites have the packages arranged according to the type of accommodation offered for the prospective pilgrim booking the package. There are 3-star packages with accommodations offered in any of the 3-star hotels of Makkah that include flights and Umrah visa. The high-end packages are usually the 5-star packages, which have accommodations arranged in the elegant 5-star hotels located close to the Masjid al-Haram. Such packages can offer great convenience for those booking them, as the rooms or suites of the hotels included in these packages are equipped with the latest facilities. The close proximity to the holy mosque also makes it easier for pilgrims to perform their Umrah.
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