Muslims who decide to perform Hajj have to go through minor hardships during their travel. However, these hardships can be eliminated by learning everything about the travel and accommodation options before starting the pilgrimage. Here are some basic pointers that will help you learn the process of travel and accommodation so that you can have a trouble-free pilgrimage.
Where would you stay in Mecca?
The accommodation of pilgrims is arranged by their authorised licensed agents. There are various types of accommodation qualities and you can select from a four star luxurious hotel to a small apartment according to your wishes. You can chose to share your room with other pilgrims or stay alone. You will have both options.
Are there any Travelling Restrictions for Pilgrims?
You should remember that traveling within Saudi Arabia during Hajj dates is highly restricted. Pilgrims would be limited to the cities of Mecca, Madinah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. Travellers can not add another city to their route for any reason. However, if you are not traveling on a Hajj Package then you may get the option to choose your own route including places you want to visit.
Distance between Mecca and Mina, and Mina and Arafat
In order to prepare yourself for the journey you must know about the distance between each point. For this reason, you should know that the distance between Mecca and Mina is 8 kilometres (5 miles). Usually it takes between 2 to 4 hours to get from Mecca to Mina. On the other hand, the distance between mina and Arafat is 14.4 kilometres (9 miles).
Lastly, you should also know about the places you can choose during the Hajj dates while you stay in Mina. Mina is a very well organised tent city and holds numerous sectors and secure precinct, giving you just the right options to spend time during your pilgrimage phase. You can find all the information online so save your precious time, learn everything you need to know about the travel and accommodations in the Holy places and finally start your Hajj journey.