Ibrahim Al Khalil Street, Makkah Al Mukaramah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Back side of the Jeddah-Mecca ticket
pilgrims on the roof [upper level]
Travelling between Jeddah and Makkah
IA I will be going for Umrah this weekend. I have been informed that I have to go downtown to get a bus to Makkah. How much is the taxi fare from the airport to downtown? Can I get a bus directly from Jeddah Airport and how much will I need to have with me for the travel costs and will it take me direct to the Harem in Makkah? Also for the return journey that same evening - would I be able to take the bus directly back to the airport or to downtown and have to take a taxi to the terminal? Do the buses stop at a certain time in the evening?
Re: Travelling between Jeddah and Makkah
Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) is the official public bus operator in Saudi Arabia: http://www.saptco.com.sa/default.asp
I travelled with them for Makkah-Madina-Makkah and found them economical and comfortable. Note that there is a discount on return fares. My travel agent arranged a private taxi for me from Jeddah Airport to Makkah, if I rememver correctly, it cost to him about 100 Riyals. But it was much comfortable than the Bus as one wants to perform Umrah as soon as they reach Makkah without much hassle. Nonetheless, the bus station in Makkah is just outside the Haram and if you dont want to stay in a hotel only then this option is feasible. Otherwise the cost and time of 'taxi from Jeddah Airport to Bus Station' + "Jeddah to Makkah Bus" + "Makkah Bus Station to your hotel" will be more than the cost and time of a direct taxi from Jeddah Airport to Makkah, specially if you are accompanying one or more people. But if you are alone, will not stay in Makkah, and have the required energy, only then the Bus option makes sense. If I remember correctly the bus costs around 10 riyals one way, and the taxi to the Bus Station will not cost you around 10-20 Riyals. I would suugest you to go by the taxi and return by the bus, only if you are alone, otherwise take the taxi for both trips.
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Travel Tips for Mecca
GATES OF MASJIDIL-HARAM
Photo : One of the gates of the Holy Haram in Mecca.
The most sacred land for the Islamic world is the land of AL HARAMA in the Arabian Peninsula. The city of Mecca located AL KAABA' and AL MASJID AL HARAM. About it the book of ALLAH ( QURAAN ) says:
* The first house built for the sake of mankind is that which is situated at Mecca. It is a place full of blessings and the source of guidence for the universe. It has conspicuous signs and one of them is Muqam -e- Ibrahim. Who so ever entered it, is guaranteed his security and it is obliging on the people to go for the pilgrimage of the house provided he can go safely to it, and whosoever denies it then he must know that ALLAH does not stand in need of anything from His creations *
Trying so many times scan, scan, scan...the photo still green. Desert Mountain look like
Tropical Mountain...every thing is green. Taken in Mina (not Aminah ), the gentelman wearing *Rayban* is Major Ramlee..Hah ha ! Next to him..the Great KAMAL Khan. My first Haj...May 31,1993.
What is in the plastic bag buddy ? My I'ntl Passport, tooth brush , mineral water and wallet. That all ? Yes, that all, easy eh doing Haj ! You didn't believe me, asked Mr RIZ KHAN from CNN.
At last, the wizard's hand come down to help. By his help this photo not so green eh !! Thank you DesertRat for your contribution for this page.
what a pilgrim needs
a small soft bag , as you have to carry your belongings with you. If you are staying longer after the hajj , then a suitcase is needed and is left in your accommodation in Mecca.
A money belt to be worn round the waist , for men; or under the abiyah for women. Thieves do exist , and in the crowds pickpockets can work easily. Strong comfortable shoes that are easily removable are essential. Anything that could cause you to trip [like laces, or heels] could be fatal.
In winter it is cold , so have a warm jacket or sweater. Basic medicines especially for colds and flu are needed. Every pilgrim catches a virus of some kind.
Perfumes , deodorants and scented soaps cannot be used when wearing the hajj clothing. Hair and nails cannot be cut until the day of the eid. Spots cannot be squeezed or hairs removed. A pair of scissors can be taken to clip the hair on the day of the Eid.
Make up is not permitted, nor is nail varnish or jewellery. Photography is not allowed in the Holy Places, but a digital camera is good to have elsewhere. Make sure you have batteries. Sleeping on mattresses on the ground is the norm. A light fleece blanket or sleeping bag is handy. Women should have plenty underwear as washing facilities are not really available, and if you can rinse your clothes, there are few facilities for drying them, except the tent ropes. Disposable underwear would be ideal.
Apart from the abiyah and head covering, women should wear trousers and socks, especially when it is cold, and for decency.
Jabal Nur, Where The Revelation Began.
Jabal Nur Is About 3km From Masjidil Haram. There's A Cave In This Mountain Called 'The Cave Of Hira ' Where Prophet Muhammad s.a.w Received The First Revelation.
Depending On One Person Stamina, It'll Take Some Time To Reach To The Cave Though . It Will Take At least One Hour To Climb This Mountain.
Gates of the Holy Mosque
There are many gates to the Holy Mosque,I believe more than 100 gate.
This is a picture of AL Umra gate,though you can start your Umra from any gate you shall enter.
There is security at each gate to ensure the safety of the people.they check your bags.
No food is allowed to the holy Mosque exept at the time of Ramadan you can bring your dates and drinks to break your fasting after preforming the Maghrib prayers(sun set prayers).
Not many Muslims know that there are many gates at the grand mosque,
my relative from Australia was one of them,she decided one year to visit Makkah for the Hajj(spiritual visit done once in a life time,if a person can afford it),her sister who lives in Paris also decided to do Hajj in the same year,so they called each other,and decided to meet at the gate!
not realising that there are so many gates and there will be more than 2-3 million people preforming Hajj at the same time....
luckly,they did meet at the same time,at the same gate!!
This was way back before mobiles were invented!
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