Hajj for Bangladeshis have gone up this year as taka has fallen against the Saudi Arabian Riyal and US dollar.
Each pilgrim would be paying at least Tk 14,000 to Tk 21,000 which is more than last year.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said this while he was talking to reporters after a cabinet meeting that approved “National Hajj and Umrah Policy 2017” and “Hajj Package 2017” on Monday.
This year, 117,198 Bangladeshis will perform Hajj under the private management while 10,000 will perform under the government management.
Government will offer two Hajj packages this year.
In the first package, a pilgrim would have to pay Tk 3.81 lakh from Tk 3.60 last year and Tk3.19 lakh from Tk 3.05 lakh for the second package.
The base price for private packages would be at least Tk 1.56 lakh. It was Tk 1.55 lakh last year.
The pilgrims have to take rent houses on common spaces in Makkah and Madina. The house rent has also gone up.