Amarnath Pilgrimage Food Guide: Staying Nourished on the Holy Journey

Embarking on the Amarnath pilgrimage requires careful planning, and food is a crucial aspect to consider. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the permitted and banned food items for a healthy and fulfilling pilgrimage experience:

Permitted Menu:

  • Wholesome Staples: Cereals, pulses, green vegetables, potatoes, leafy greens (saag), soya chunks (Nutrela), besan curry, plain dal, fruits, and sprouts provide essential nutrients and keep you energized.
  • Rice Varieties: Plain rice, jeera rice, khichdi, and nutrela rice are all excellent choices for easily digestible carbohydrates.
  • Roti and Bread options: Opt for roti (phulka), dal roti, missi roti, unfried makki ki roti, tandoori roti, bread, kulcha, double roti, rusk, biscuits, roasted chana and jaggery.
  • South Indian Delights: Sambar, idli, uttapam, and poha offer a delicious and light vegetarian option.
  • Snacks and Beverages: Enjoy vegetable sandwiches (without cream, butter, or cheese), bread with jam, Kashmiri nan (girda), steamed vegetable momos, herbal tea, coffee, low-fat curd, sharbat, lemon squash or water, low-fat milk, fruit juice, vegetable soup, and mineral water. For a quick energy boost, glucose packets are permitted.
  • Sweet Treats: Kheer (rice or sabudana), white oats (dalia), dried fruits (roasted or raw), low-fat milk sevai, honey, boiled sweets, roasted papad, khakhra, til ka ladoo, dhokla, chikki (guchak), rewari, phulian makhana, murmura, dry petha, amla murabba, fruit murabba, and green coconut.

Banned Menu:

  • Non-Vegetarian Food: All non-vegetarian food items are strictly prohibited during the pilgrimage.
  • Alcohol and Tobacco Products: Alcohol, tobacco, gutka, pan masala, smoking, and other intoxicants are not permitted.
  • Heavy and Fried Foods: Avoid heavy pullov/fried rice, poori, bathura, pizza, burgers, stuffed parathas, dosas, fried rotis, bread with butter, cream-based foods, fried papad, chowmein, and other fried or fast food items.
  • Sugary Drinks and Processed Snacks: Cold drinks and karrah are not recommended.
  • Sweets and Salty Snacks: Halwa, jalebi, gulab jamun, laddu, khoya burfi, rasgulla, all other sweets (halwai items), chips, Kurkure, matthi, namkeen mixture, pakoras, samosas, fried dry fruits, and all other deep-fried items are to be avoided.

Important Notes:

  • This food menu applies to langar organizations, food stalls, shops, and other establishments catering to pilgrims and service providers during the pilgrimage.
  • District authorities strictly enforce the regulations, and penalties are imposed for violations.
  • Staying hydrated is crucial, so ensure you consume plenty of plain water throughout the pilgrimage.

Embrace a Balanced Approach:

The permitted food menu offers a variety of nutritious and delicious options to keep you fueled during your pilgrimage. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a comfortable and healthy pilgrimage experience.

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