The city of Madina is the second holiest city for the Muslims. It is located on the western part of Saudi-Arabia, a few hundred kilometers north of the city of Makkah. Prophet Muhammad and his closest companions are buried in this city.
Jeddah is the second largest of Saudi-Arabia (after Riyadh). The city is located on the western side of the country and is a landing port for the pilgrims visiting the holy places of Makkah and Madinah.
Makkah is the holiest city for all Muslims. In this city is the sacred and noblest mosque called the Haram Al-Shareef. Within the haram is the cube shaped ‘Kaaba’, which is the house of God (Allah). All Muslims worldwide face the Kaaba to offer their daily five prayers.
Riyadh is not only Saudi-Arabia’s largest and capital city, it is also the largest city of the Middle East and Gulf countries. One can find plenty of history, culture, and other things to do in this large city. Below are some of the sites that you can visit while you are in Riyadh.
The oasis in Hofuf are considered one of the largest in the world. With many square miles of Palm tress, the city provides multiple things to do for a new visitor. Here are some of the pictures to give you a sense of the oasis in Hofuf.
Kalash valley is situated in the Chitral region of Northern Pakistan. The valley is surrounded by the Hindukush mountain ranges. The valley is named after the Kalash people who have a unique culture and lifestyle and follow a form of Hindu region. This, therefore is one of the few pockets of non-Muslims living in a largely Muslim Pakistan.
The three smaller valleys of the Kalash valley are Bumburet, Ayun, and Rumbur valleys. The Bumburet valley is the largest of the three.
Kalash valley experiences extreme cold and snowy conditions in the winter time and is difficult to access during winter months. The pictures below shed some light on the cultures and lifestyles of the Kalash people and the areas where they live.
Culture and Traditions of the Kalash People
Chowmos Festival is a dance festival celbrated in the month of December in the Kalash Valley. Due to the difficulty of getting to the valley in winter months, not many external visitors are known to attend this festival.
Morocco is a country in North Africa that has one of the very rich cultures in the world. The landscapes of the country is equally beautiful. The rich culture, history, architecture, and scenery of this Muslim country provide you many things to do. Below are some of the major cities and locations that one can visit in Morocco. Each of these cities in turn has many more sightseeing opportunities to see and explore.