Walker’s Guide

Walker's Guide

Imam Jafar-e-Sadiq (A.S.) said, ‘If one of our Shia goes for Imam Hussain’s (A.S.) Ziarat, then, before he returns, all his sins will be forgiven. For every step that he or his mount takes, 1,000 virtues are written for him, 1,000 sins are forgiven and his status is elevated by 1,000 degrees. (Behaarul Anwar, Kamiluz Ziaraat)

It is an act to elevate our devotion and love for Imam Hussain (A.S.). This pilgrimage, traces back the footsteps of our fourth Imam (A.S.), who walked in chains in the aftermath of Karbala, brings us closer to the Ahlul Bait (A.S.) and provides us great opportunity to reflect on our lives and our relationship with the Masumeen (A.S.).

If one is fortunate enough to do the Ziarat of Imam Hussain (A.S.) and his brother Hazrat Abbas bin Ali (A.S.) on Arba’een, then walking from Najaf to Karbala is definitely a blessing that should be availed. As you will be the guest of the most generous Imam during this journey, you need not worry at all about food, places to rest, washrooms, etc. As a Zair of Imam Hussain (A.S.) you are a very important person and you will be cared for, far beyond your imagination, by those who consider it their privilege to take care of you. When you start on this sacred journey, be thankful to the Iraqis who host this walk and honour them with utmost respect and gratitude.


Total Distance80 Km
Total Number of Poles1452 Poles on Main Highway
Distance Between Each Poles50 meters [20 Poles = 1 Km]
Approx. Walking Time Required20 to 30 hours
Estimated Time to Reach the Destination3 days and 2 nights
Preferred Start Time16th Safar [22nd August, 2024] - After Breakfast - 9:00 AM
Expected Completion Time (Insha’Allah)18th Safar [24th August, 2024] – After Maghrib around 7:00 PM
Take an Exit from Imam Ali (A.S.) Haram from Shahra -e-Imam Jaffar-e-Sadiq (A.S.), keep walking straight and you will eventually get to the Highway (on the right), turn left, where hundreds of thousands of Zaireen e Mazloom Imam (A.S.) will be walking towards Karbala. This will be the start of numbered poles (Pole # 1). Join them and you will reach the Haram of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) after about 73 Km at Pole # 1452. 
Landmarks (Poles)Pole Numbers are mentioned along the road from Najaf to Karbala on every Pole
Poles Starts After7 Km.
Pole # 1Ministry Office on Left side of the Road
Pole # 72Pakistani Moukkab Abu Fazlil Abbas (A.S.)
Pole # 172Pakistani Moukkab – Sh. Ariful Hussaini
Pole # 272Moukkab Asheerul Akkasheen
Pole # 237Indian Moukkab
Pole # 297Moukkab Al-Abrar
Pole # 313Pakistani Moukkab
Pole # 327Karwan e Hind – Indian food / tea
Pole # 345Concrete Walls - Temporary Checkpost
Pole # 413Najaf Tours – Indian food / tea
Pole # 448Hussain For Justice – Indian food / tea
Pole # 458Moukkab Imam Zain ul Abideen (A.S.)
Pole # 470Moukkab The Zahra Trust
Pole # 578City of Haidariya - Haidariya Hospital
Pole # 594Mufrazata Tabbiya Pak. Medical facilities
Pole # 602Moukkab Aal-e-Fakhruddin
Pole # 647Proper Permanent Washrooms
Pole # 709Moukkab By Indians
Pole # 777Majizzat e Hussain – Indian food / tea
Pole # 795Moukkab Muzeef-al-Hussain (A.S.)
Pole # 820Moukkab By Indians – Babul Hussain (A.S.)
Pole # 892Pak Night Welfare & Medical Trust Pakistan (All Types of Medical Facilities only)
Pole # 960Large Checkposts
Pole # 1042Moukkab The Zahra Trust
Pole # 1062Imam Hassan (A.S.) City - Managed by Admin of Haram e Imam Hussain (A.S.)
Pole # 1086Hussainia Moukkab Pak. Medical Facilities
Pole # 1102Muzeef al Hazrat Al-Abbas (A.S.)
Pole # 1169Moukkab By Government Of Kuwait
Pole # 1183Checkpost
Pole # 1237Imam Ali (A.S.) City - Washrooms, Mosque, Rest Area etc.
Pole # 1252Ministry of Import/Export – Office
Pole # 1285Checking Checkpost - Entrance of Karbala
Pole # 1294[Optional] Turn Right - Shortcut – After about 4 Km – Original Poles will again start from 1404 (Most People Take this Shortcut)
Pole # 1407First Sight to Rosa e Hazrat Abbas (A.S.) - People who Have Turn Right at 1294 will Join here (Note: Remove your Shoes in Respect to Haram)
Pole # 1452End of Poles
50 MetersBab-e-Qibla - Roza-e-Hazrat Abbas (A.S.)