The Holy journeys are the quintessential part of a person’s life. Because of everyone whatever his/ her religion is, strongly associated with his religious values. The religious destinations make the person closer to his religion. The followers of the religion Islam are called the Muslims, who undertake their Holy journeys to commemorate the teachings and values set by their religion Islam. The Muslims perform two holy journeys, Umrah and Hajj respectively.
The holy duration of Umrah and Hajj is undoubtedly an unprecedented time for the Muslims and they wish to make it everlastingly memorable. Therefore, more than a destination, it is the experience of a journey that really matters. In order to undertake this journey, the Muslims from all over the world set out to Saudi Arabia where they converge at the Holy Kaaba which is the epi-center of Saudi city Makkah.
However, be mindful that the religious tour operators involved in the arrangement or management of your Holy journey either Hajj or Umrah play an inevitably vital role for your safe and sound religious journey. Therefore, along with the time set for your Umrah, it is highly recommended to choose the reliable religious tour operators of a certified travel company. The following are the steps to Pick the Best Religious Tour Operator, who must come up with all your needs and demands for an everlastingly memorable and spiritual experience.
Make A Sound Research
This is the world of the Internet. Everything is just one type away from us. Use everyone’s favorite search engine Google to look for an authentic or certified travel company. Furthermore, keep tracks of brochures, maps, notes from conversations and website links. 96% of travel research is conducted through google. Type ‘long tail’ search terms pertaining to your search.
ATOL Protected Travel Agents with Saudi Govt’s Approval
If you are a UK resident and willing to travel to KSA for an Umrah or Hajj, then it is mandatory to look for those travel companies who are aligned with the UK Hajj or Umrah services. These Hajj or Umrah travel companies working in the UK must mandatorily possess an ATOL protection certificate. So UK residents must google the ‘ATOL protected” travel companies and their reliable religious/ Islamic tour operators. For tour guides is a license given by the UK govt. to legitimize their services. Whereas for travelers or pilgrims, it is a scheme to give financial protection who have chosen Hajj Umrah or other holiday packages.
Furthermore, along with ATOL protection, it is mandatory for the pilgrims to find the religious tour operators of the Saudi approved travel company. There are various scam Umrah travel agents who cunningly trap the innocent pilgrims and grab an exorbitant amount of money in the name of Umrah. Therefore, the Pilgrims must be vigilant enough to choose the certified Umrah/ Hajj agents.
Ask about his Experience
There are hundreds of travel agents working in authorized travel companies. But not everyone is suitable for every traveler or Umrah/Hajj pilgrim. If you are consulting with the religious tour operator for safe and sound Umrah services, it is advised to seek guidance from a certified and experienced Umrah agent who must be working on various Umrah itineraries for many years. These religious tour operators must be cognizant enough about the needs and requisites of their Umrah/Hajj pilgrims.
Research on Religious Tour Packages
Along with the experience, it is advised to hone into the tour packages or Hajj or Umrah packages being offered by them. The prices of these packages matter a lot. The high priced packages should not be tossed aside and the lowest price should not be get immediately selected. You have to do sound personal research on all the offered packages. There are various religious tour operators who offer 4-star and 5-Star hotels. These are very comfortable accommodations provided to the costumers. Moreover, you can also cross-check the prices of the offered packages with the ones offered by other ATOL protected/ licensed companies at the same time. As far as itineraries are concerned, it is also important to notice whether your religious tour operators are capable of arranging private services for a group or not.
Additional Services for the Travel company
Moreover, a good/ expert religious tour operator is also capable of dealing with marketing matters. He works diligently not only for his costumers but also for the benefits of his own company. He must be capable enough of keeping the record of the money submitted by the costumers. A good tour operator is also good at setting up a personalized website for his concerned group of pilgrims. Moreover, he must be ready for his costumers to provide you with all the information ranging from your specific religious itinerary to the packing essentials and other details.
Good Reputation and Reviews
If you haven’t checked the reputation of your religious tour operator, you are having the red flags. When you intend to consult a tour operator, never forget to check the public reviews and recommendations about the travel or tour operator. The reputation of the tour operators and travel companies matters a lot. However, many scam operators in the name of public review, create or write reviews on their own. So this also becomes a problematic matter.
Therefore, it is advised to conduct further research on it either by asking your friends or by contacting the reviewers directly. The positive public reviews are really welcoming for your religious itinerary. These reviews ensure your operator’s sincerity and honesty in his job
Consultation and Follow up Calls
The live meeting with your chosen religious tour operator is necessary for complete satisfaction. It is highly recommended to ask your tour operators questions about the history of their Umrah /Hajj or other travel packages being offered by them to their previous customers.
After this, you must make follow up calls and keep yourself in contact with your tour operator for all the updates