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June 13, 2024 12:07 PM

Record 175,000 Indian Pilgrims Arrive for Haj 2024, Boosted by New Services

A record 175,000 Indian pilgrims have descended on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the annual Haj pilgrimage this year, with the massive group being supported by a range of new services and amenities provided by the Indian government. In the first, around 95% of the 140,020 pilgrims traveling through the Haj Committee of India (HCoI) have been put up in hotels inside the preferred Markazia area of Medina. All HCoI pilgrims are also being accommodated inside the traditional boundaries o...

May 26, 2024 2:30 PM

Jeddah-Makkah high-speed rail debuts for Indian pilgrims

In a historic first, around 32,000 Indian Hajis will travel by high-speed train directly from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport to the holy city of Makkah this year. Traditionally, pilgrims arriving in Jeddah have taken buses provided by Saudi authorities to reach Makkah. However, the Consulate General of India in Jeddah has arranged special transportation on the newly launched Haramain High Speed Rail line in coordination with Saudi officials. On May 26th, Ambassador of India Dr....

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