Why book Umrah Packages with Chahal Travels?
Chahal Travels is the new name in travelling
industry which aims at practicing innovative ways to make travel
convenient yet economical for residents of Pakistan. We take pride
in offering our highly professional services along the team of
motivated personnel to assist you in your endeavours. Our focus lies
solely in finding the low airfares, quick visa processing, and hotel
booking in the close proximity of the praying area which makes our
comprehensive Umrah packages more feasible for our clients. We
design as well as customize Umrah packages for the enthusiastic
pilgrims in accordance with their budget and needs. We strive our
best to maintain a network that make your journey stress-free in all
Economy Umrah packages
One does not need irrelevant restraints, both mental and physical when praying at the House of Allah. Our economy package makes you feel lighter, assured and more at peace when you are spending time in the most profound devotion. It is best to have your trip to the Holy Ka’aba be planned by professionals who would keep a check on your overall Umrah experience.
Low cost/Budgeted Umrah packages
Chahal Travels takes extra measures to assure the safe and relaxed travel and accommodation of Umrah pilgrims while they are on their way to the spiritual journey of a lifetime. With us, a low cost Umrah can be a value-added Umrah that not only allows the pilgrim to perform the Umrah essentials but also provide the peace of mind to think of the blessings of Allah in the Sacred Place of Worship. These Budgeted Umrah packages fit the requirements of all who want to visitMecca for Umrah.
I am not sure about how to do Umrah. Could you help me with this?
After you have made your reservations, you can ask your travel agent to forward you our Umrah Guide. Our Umrah guide is a complete manual of the procedure that instructs on how to perform Umrah and helps on every step of the way. Umrah guide is helpful as it provides necessary information in the right sequence – from entering the state of ihram to the cutting of your hair – and details every dua (prayer) that goes along with a certain step.
Could you give me an estimate of the budget that I should keep for meals and other things?
Assuming you do not look forward to fine dining in expensive restaurants, a single meal does not cost more than 15-20 Saudi riyals. To meet the needs of Pakistani clients, we only quote prices of Pakistani restaurants and takeaways in Saudi Arabia. No need to worry about the portion size. Restaurants in Saudi Arabia serve in larger portions as compared to restaurants in Pakistan.
The cost of three standard meals and water bottles can reach as far as 50 Saudi riyals (per day). For a 10 day stay, keep 500-550 riyals for just that. Keep at least 375 riyals for souvenirs like dates, toys, and clothing. Garments and toys can be had for a lot less if you browse cheap Pakistani stores and flea markets.
Which are some of the low-cost restaurants in Makkah and Madinah?
Most Pakistanis prefer to eat at the Abraj al Bait shopping mall in the Kingdom Clock Tower. The third floor of the mall houses a large-scale food court with plenty of options to choose from like Burger King, or the famous Faisalabad Restaurant which attracts Pakistanis and Saudis alike. The Ibrahim Khaleel Road offers a variety of restaurants that are not at all expensive. Al Baik Restaurant is well-known for its continental cuisine and the quality of its food.
Al Baik Restaurant has another flourishing branch in Madinah characterised by a variety of dishes, large portion sizes, and affordable rates. Al Baik is conveniently located on King Faisal Road in Madinah. Abu Khalid Restaurant on Al Siteen Road and Broast Express on Abu Baker Seddik Road are other affordable options.
What is biometric verification and is it compulsory for Umrah pilgrims?
Commonly known as the fingerprint verification system, the biometric system keeps a precise record of every Umrah pilgrim. Recently introduced, in effect since February 2018, biometric verification is made compulsory by the Saudi Embassy and only children under 12 and adults over 70 are exempt from this rule. Get your biometric verification done from the nearest Eitmad office (offices only in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi). Biometric verificationis not free and will cost around 600 rupees.
How long will it take to process my Umrah visa?
There is no limit set to the time it will take to process an Umrah visa. The standard procedure takes 4 to 5 days. But it can take as long as 2 to 3 weeks if there are complications in the matter. To save time, make sure that your documents are in order and nothing is missing. Get your biometric verification done in advance as this saves time as well.
How do I split my days between Makkah and Madinah?
The most common practice is to split your stay in half. Say you are planning a stay of 10 days; this leaves you with 5 days in Makkah and 5 in Madinah. If the stay is extended, you can stay 4 nights in Makkah, 5 nights in Madinah, and return to Makkah for 2 more days. This is common among those who are departing from Jeddah Airport.
A more traditional approach is to spend 8 nights in Madinah and 2 days in Makkah. The stay is planned in this way so as to allow for the 40 prayers at Masjid Nabwi.
Umrah-A Holy Pilgrimage:
Umrah is to perform lesser pilgrimage at any given
time of the year except from 9th to 13th Zil-Hajj. Pilgrims set off
by getting themselves in state of Ihram from Miqaat and go the Holy
Place of Kaaba, perform Tawaf, pray two rakat at Muqam-e-Ibrahim and
then perform Saee between Safa and Marwa. Moreover, for a person who
has the finances and other means to travel to Makkah Al Mukarramah,
Umrah is Sunnah Moakaddah (must).
When is the best time to perform Umrah?
While planning to perform a lesser pilgrimage, the
first thing is to decide at what time of the year you want to travel
from your country. Owing to the religious significance of months in
Islamic Calendar, the first half of Ramadan is highly recommended.
Other than that, Rabi-Ul-Awal and Shabaan are considered as peak
On the contrary, off-season would be the most
appropriate time for budget-wise travellers to perform Umrah i.e.
right after Hajj in the months of Muharram and Safar. Subsequently,
booking in advance with a proper strategy in mind might help you in
scoring the best deal possible.
In spite of all the facts stated above, also keeping
in view the different pocket sizes but passion to perform the holy
pilgrimage, Chahal Travel musters up all its capacity to assist you
in tailor-made Umrah package in accordance with your needs and
Which airlines operate Umrah flights between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia?
- Many local and international airline carriers are operating flights from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. Amongst them, airlines which capture the fair share of customers are as follows:
- Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
- Emirates (EK)
- Saudi Airline (SV)
How much is the free baggage allowance of different airlines offering flights from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia?
You are required to travel with the luggage as limit
assigned by the particular airline you are flying with. You are
entitled to carry one carry-on bag with whose weight should not
As far as free checked-in luggage is concerned, PIA allows 30 kg for flights from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. Emirates permit 35 kg for Economy Class travellers.
Acquire Umrah Visa from the Saudi Consulate:
Your have laid the foundation of pillar of faith by intending to perform Umrah. With that, the first question that arises in your mind is about the travel visa to Saudi Arabia. We assist you by stating the guidelines for the document requirements for Umrah Visa.
Document requirements for Umrah Visa:
- Duly fill in the Umrah Visa Application form and read it thoroughly along with the terms and conditions before signing it.
- In case you have a Non-Muslim name, then you are required to submit a certificate with an eligibility check from any Islamic Institution.
- A full face view, passport size coloured picture of yours is also mandatory to be attached with the form. Also, make sure photo carries a white background.
- Moreover. Your passport is validated for six months to eight months.
- Ladies should be accompanied by her husband, or if she is unwed, a male (Mahram). The evidence of the relationship is also to be checked via Marriage or Birth Certificate).
- If you are not the national card holder of Pakistan. You are required to apply via legitimate residency licence.
In addition, Umrah Visa is valid for 30 days and you are required t o complete your Umrah within this time period. On this visa, you can move between the cities of Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah.
What are the basic rituals of performing Umrah?
- Intention of Umrah
- Adoption of Ihram
- Recital of Talbiya
- Circumambulation (Tawaf) of the Kaaba
- Saee between Safa and Marwa
- Shaving of the head or trimming of the hair
As you are approaching Holy Makkah, there are boundaries within which you cannot proceed without being dressed in the sacred garment “Ihram”. These boundaries, all around Makkah are called Miqaat or the boundaries of Haram. There are certain signs displayed at well-arranged boundaries.
- Dhu’l-Hulayfah / Bi’r Ali
- Marked at 450 km from Makkah, Dhu’l-Hulayfah is the miqaat for pilgrims coming from Madina Al Munawwarah.
- Juhfah or Rabigh
- Located at about 183 km to the northwest of Makkah, Juhfah is the miqaat for people who come from the direction of Syria or Jordan
- Qarn Al-Manazil
- Situated about 75 kilometers to the east of Makkah, Qarn Al-Manazil is the miqaat for the people of Najd area or the same direction.
- Dhat Al- Iraq
- Dhat Al- Iraq is positioned at about 94km from Makkah and it signifies miqaat for people of Iran, Iraq or from the same direction.
- About 92 km to the southeast of Makkah, Miqaat for people of Yemen, Pakistan, India and other for eastern countries like Burma, Ceylon, Malaysia, China, Japan etc.
It is the intention to perform Umrah. The Arabic literal meaning of Ihram is to make forbidden, a few things for this period which are otherwise allowed in normal circumstances.
- For Male:
- The Ihraam for make is to wear one white “Azar” (Tehband) which is an unstitched cloth sheet wrapped around the waist and “Rida” another unstitched cloth over his shoulders and putting on such sandals that expose his ankles and toes. Bear in mind that there shouldn’t be anything like cap on the head.
- For Women:
- The Ihraam for women is to make her usual clothes, properly stitched that show her face and hands and wear ordinary shoes. Decency and decorum is to be observed. Moreover, there is no restriction for the colour of Ihraam clothes.
According to the Sunnah, you should preferably pray two rakat Nafil prayers. Normally, in the first rakat recite Surah Al- Kafeeron after Surah Fateha and in the second rakat recite Surah Al-Ikhlas. Then declare the intention of pilgrimage of Umrah by reciting Talbiyah.
After arriving at Makkah Mukarama, perform ablution before entering the Holy Sanctuary. There, the first act is to circumambulate the Kaaba, the House of Allah.
Hereby, Tawaf means going around the Holy Kaaba and making the seven circuits beginning from the corner of Kaaba where Hijr-e-Aswad (Black Stone) is fixed. Each circuit is called as Shawt.
Istilam: The Tawaf is started by kissing Hijr-e-Aswad which is known as Istilam. In case Istilaam becomes impossible due to the rush of Pilgrims, it should be abandoned, for it is Wajib to refrain from harming others while kissing is Sunnah. Thus, on such occasions, be content by merely placing your hands on Hajr-Al-Aswad and kissing your hands, or just raise both hands facing palm towards Hijr-e-Aswad, followed by recitation of Takbir and Tahlil. Moreover, Istilaam of Hijr-e-Aswad for the first Shawt as well as last Shawt is accepted to be as Sunnat-e-Moakaddah.
The Tawaf after which you have to perform Saee between Safa and Marwa, it is obligatory to do circumambulate by means of observing Ramal and Ibtida. (Only for men)
Multazim- At the completion of Tawaf-e-Kaaba:
After the eighth time of Istilaam i.e. ending the Tawaf-e-Kaaba at Hijr-e-Aswad corner wherefrom it started, you are required to proceed to the Holy Kaaba door, called as Bab-e Multazim. This is the place between Hijr-e-Aswad and the door of Kaaba. It is also to be noted that Multazim has a special blessing for the efficacy of prayers. You ought to embrace the Multazim and invoke the Mercy and blessings of Allah.
Prayer at Muqaam-e-Ibrahimi:
When you finish praying at Multazim, move to Maqaam-e-Ibrahimi and pray two rakat there. This is essential after completing the Tawaf and it is recommended to pray at Maqaam-e-Ibrahimi or in its vicinity in rush hours. After the Salat, raise your hands in supplication with humility and lowliness and pray.
Drinking the Zam Zam Water:
In front of the gate of Kaaba, there is well of ZAM ZAM. The location is distinctly marked on the marble floor. The ZAM ZAM well is just under the place. The well and its pumping arrangements can be seen by going in the basement from the wide entrances for ZAM ZAM with steps separately for men and women. A number of taps are provided for the drinking of ZAM ZAM water. The water is also provided inside the Haram area with water taps at certain locations.
Saee between Safa and Marwa:
Before starting Sa’e, it’s sunnah to perform Istilaam of Hijra-e-Aswad once again then move ahead to climb the mountain of Safa with an intention to do Sa’e. Climb until you can see Kaa’ba then raise your hand in supplication. And seek your wishes in prayer. Then, climb Marwa until you reach the green pillars between which men have to walk but women need to walk with normal pace. The whoel round is approximately 3.5 km. Starting from Safa, you seventh round will end at Marwah.
Shaving of the head:
After performing Sa’e, men should get their head completely shaved or tied up to the length of upper third of finger whereas women are not required to shave their heads.
Which transportation facility is available for commuting in Makkah and Madinah?
You can book exclusive Umrah packages with the special transport arrangements. Although, Umrah packages come with the intercity transportation but if you wish to visit other Ziyarat then you can use personal car hire or taxi system.
Which hotel and accommodation places are best-suited for the Muslim Pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah?
We extend our efficient services to book hotels of every range depending upon the budget preferences. Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Hajar Tower, Conrad Makkah, Fairmont Makkah, Hilton Suites Makkah, Hilton Hotel, Al Safwah Royale Orchid, Elaf Kinda Hotel, Hotel Pullman Zamzam Makkah, Swissotel Makkah, Royal Dar Al Eiman, Le Méridien Makkah are among the names of the five star luxury accommodation places with impeccable service which also ensure the availability of necessary services.
Other 3-stars accommodation options may include Elaf Al Salam Hotel, Bab Al Multazim Concorde Hotel, Abeer Al Azizia Hotel, Mercure Hibatullah Hotel, Shohada Hotel, Al Massa Hotel and many more on the list.