In its present shape, the Umrah dates from the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), it is the composite of several pre-Islamic ceremonies that ere reinterpreted in the monotheistic time and supplemented by prayers of the Muslims. Umrah is the lesser or minor pilgrimage of those who are entering in the city Makkah with the intention (niyyat) to visit the Bait-ALLAH. It is also commendable, though not obligatory, for Muslims residing in city Makkah. Its comparison to the obligatory and major pilgrimage (hajj) in Islam, and made several fusion of the 2 natures, still the pilgrim has the option to perform the Umrah independently, or in group with Hajj.
Please read the originial post here: https://cheapumrahpackagesblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/ziyaarat-sites-in-city-makkah-and-madina/