National Geographic : 1953 Jul
© National Geographic Society 49 Kodachromes by Abdul Ghafur Sheikh Bus and Car Go to 'Arafa. He Who Walks, Some Pilgrims Believe, Gains More Favor Most pilgrims prefer to hire a cab or pay the Government's fare for a bus ride along the hot route from Mecca to 'Arafa. These overflow passengers even spread their umbrellas while riding in the baggage rack on top. Camels, once the backbone of pilgrim travel, now plod in small caravans along short cuts through the hills. Traffic jams on the main road are frequent. Arabs last year were delighted to learn that one volunteer trying to untangle a snarl was Prince Faisal (page 35), Viceroy of the Hejaz, indistinguishable in his simple garb from any other pilgrim. + With Pontiac and hookah, these young merchants from Jidda perform their hadj in style.