Basic mina and Arafat activities and issues have been discussed in respective pages (Mina & Arafat). The directions for maps and country-wise distribution is the most searched keyword/part during Hajj. The government Hajis from Pakistan normally get same locations each year in Mina and Arafat.
The map for Pakistani camps in Mina for year 2017 is given below. Current maps are available with volunteer/Ministry officials present in Mina in green jackets. The same may be downloaded in good resolution from Official Hajj website here. In this map, green area outlines Pakistan, Orange for other countries.
Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Saudi Scouts organization update these maps on Yearly basis. Zoomed in Map for Mina around Mina-1 Station is given below for year 2017.
The direction from Mina to Haram is shown in Map below. The main backbone/road for Mina is the King Abdul Aziz road, which passes throughout Mina to Muzdalifah adjacent to the train stations. The same King Abdul Aziz Road leads to Haram from Jamarat point (Mina-3 station). Bin Dawood is visible on right side of the road. The tunnel either leads to Safa point or the Ajyad.
The direction from Mina-1 Station (Which is actually inside Muzdalifah boundary) to Arafat has three routes, including one via King Abdul Aziz Road.
The route is about 12Km (almost 3-4 hrs walk), and will lead towards the boundary of Arafat on opposite side of Masjid Nimra, Near Arafat-2 and Arafat-1 Stations, where most of the South Asian/Pakistani Camps are present. Other two roads (Pedestrian Road 2 and 3) highlighted in grey are of similar length but lead towards Masjid Nimra or Arafat-3 Station.
The detailed Mina and Arafat map for 2017 are also available on the Saudi Arabia Scouts website in PDF format. The zoomed-in image of that map is given below. It is clear from the PDF below that the YELLOW region is the camps for South Asian countries.
Hopefully, the location will be updated with respective years’ maps/guidelines in future. The detailed map (PDF) shows the colour codes for countries, the zones/camp no. nomenclature in maps, similar to that given by Haji camp. The details of services including Hospitals, stations and bus stops etc are also given in the maps.
The high resolution maps for Mina and Arafat (2017) may be received via contact section on email. OR Downloaded from following links.
The departure for Mina is normally scheduled on 7th Zilhaj after Asr prayers.
The Muallim people provide with cards for identification, Camp number, and meal coupons one day before departure.
The buses for Haram are closed three days before 8th The only means of travel are taxis. If you have small/large group, taxis are available on all streets/roads. Normal fare for this period from Azizya is SR 100-200 (one-way).
If you can afford the fare, it is recommended to Wear your Ahram from Haram, and return well in time before departure of buses. Normally people make Niyah+Talbeeh when buses start to move.
Try to pack minimum possible items in small bag/backpack. One extra Ahram, One normal dress, Quran, umbrella, Water bottles, extra slippers, eye glasses, some stuff to eat, prayer rug, small backpack for Arafat, and bags for pebbles are enough for Mina stay. If you forget anything, you can come to Azizya (for short duration) to collect extra items.
Once you reach Mina and enter the camp, do not push others or rush to your camp. One camp has beds for 30+ persons with around 1.5 ft width per bed. If possible, try to occupy corner bed or settle for any bed available.
Prayers are offered inside each tent. Beddings are folded for the same. Offer Salat with the group that you are comfortable with, as there are multiple Jamaats per tent. Do not argue others over Qasr or normal prayers.
Sometimes, there is some issue with cooling system. Register your complaint with Muallim people, with Hajj mission politely. They will resolve the issue ASAP.
Following is the map for Pakistani Camps in Mina (for 2015). The same map for 2017 is also given below.
Try to maintain discipline during serving of food. There are shops available outside camps for all the things, in case you do not get food due to some issue.
For 8th Zilhaj, there is no set ritual. Try to get accustomed to maps, locations and train station (for govt. pilgrims, its Mina 1). If tickets are valid for the day and you have enough strength, try to get to Station Mina 3 to visit Jamarat and Masjid Kheef via train.
It is better to get some rest, however, if you like to pray at night, make sure you keep strength for the Arafat day/night (9th Zilhaj).
Forget everything about luxuries of your routine life. Try to make most out of your stay at Mina.
Note: Mina 1/extended Mina area is actually Muzdaliffah area, however, there are rulings that allow stay in this area for Mina period.