New Delhi: A story on the much revered Haj pilgrimage will now be said through 2,000 photographs in an exquisite 850-page book.

The limited-edition book documenting photographs and personal accounts to depict different emotions associated with the holy city of Mecca will be launched next March.

Reflecting the rich intellectual and theological tradition of Islam, the limited-edition book -- 'The Official Journey of Makkah Opus' -- was introduced in the city on Wednesday by Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud.

"Saudi Arabia is like a wellspring of radiance of humanity. It is about 40 kg of treasure that not just introduces people to the country and Hajj, but enhances greater understanding between different cultures around the world," Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud said.

The 850-page book, which weighs 37 kg, was compiled together over a period of three years with a collection of 2,000 pictures and experiences shared by people from about 70 countries.

"The opus is an attempt to faithfully represent the incredible spiritual journey of Hajj pilgrims. It just couldn't be an encyclopedia but had to be an emotive experience to its reader. It’s about the emotional journey of a 73-year-old man who waited for years to go to Hajj and many others like him," said Karl Fowler, CEO of the book's publishing house Kraken Opus.

The special Indian edition will be officially launched in March with just 100 copies up for grabs. Although the cost is still to be decided, the book will approximately cost around 40,000-50,000 USD (around Rs 21-26 lakh).

The book, to be published in both English and Arabic together, also encompasses thousands of images taken from the film 'Journey to Mecca', an IMAX documentary about epic pilgrimage of Ibn Battutta that follows his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.

(Agencies)