After two seasons of Great Indian Food Trip, we’re back and we’re going Sattvic for the Kailash Yatra! Join Abhinav Singh and Swati Jain as they trek on the Kailash Yatra; enjoying authentic sattvic cuisine for the whole journey prepared by the master chefs of Madhubhan Foods.

Before we go further, we should tell you why this edition of Great Indian Food Trip is historic!

A landmark decision was recently made whereby a single provider – Madhuban Foods was mandated to deliver food for the entire Kailash Yatra on behalf of the organizers that issue permits to pilgrims and tourists globally. A robust collaboration was formed between India, Nepal and China to conduct the pilgrimage season with a never-before experience of ‘sattvic’ food to the lakhs of pilgrims expected this year and onwards.

Chefs from India understand the Indian taste better and it is crucial that pilgrims are served food compatible to their food habits. In the arduous terrain of the yatra, when the pilgrims eat well, they shall be able to complete the pilgrimage with complete satisfaction. Better food and a professionally curated and standardised service will go a long way in creating influx of pilgrims, thereby creation of more job opportunities in Nepal.

China has collaborated with India and Nepal for the first time this year in a unique exercise to provide the right kind of food that is desired by Indian pilgrims who embark the Kailash yatra. It not only is a feather in the glorious cap of Indo-China relations, it is also an accomplishment of strongest ties ever in the history of the two great nations.

This path breaking collaboration addresses the focus and intent to serve fresh, nutritious and healthy food to all the pilgrims coming for the pilgrimage.

How it used to be before

The operations pertaining to serving food to the yatris was earlier restricted to the concept of moving kitchens. The kitchens were temporarily set wherever the group used to take halt. Once the pilgrim group reached their halting destination, the moving kitchen would then need to be set up, causing delay to the yatris who would be exhausted due to the rarefied air, and the arduousness. Most yatris often would sleep and rather than wait for the food to get ready.

How it is now

The menus for lunches and dinners at the buffet spreads set up each day for the pilgrims have been planned in such that they replenish the physical strength required for the arduous trek. The team has engaged with team of noted Nutritionists to plan the menus accordingly, in such that the pilgrims are not only strengthened mentally to complete the yatra safely, they are also nourished with requisite nutrition essential in the low oxygen high altitude terrain.

Provisions, groceries, vegetables as well as trained manpower, fuel, utensils, equipment and accessories needed to be transported to the remote locations enroute the Yatra to make the catering operations even possible. The seven kitchens that undertake the operations are equipped and ready to serve hot and nutritious food to the tired devout, round the clock every day.

The cuisine served enroute the Yatra is as per Sattvic culinary norms. All aspects of this cuisine, that are being successfully implemented in the Sattvic kitchens of the group at Katra, Gurugram and Shirdi are being implemented with care and perseverance at the kitchens that have been set up in the routes along the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage.

Extensive arrangements have been made for packed lunches in specially designed insulated meal boxes that can carry meals along with fruit and packed fruit juices. He also appreciated the effort on the part of the team where they are providing jobs to local unemployed youngsters from the local community for greater participation and upliftment. Pilgrims get hot and hygienic food immediately upon their arrival even when they land beyond midnight until 2am!

Last year approximately 20,000 pilgrims visited the Kailash Mansarovar yatra. This year, after over 10 weeks of continuous operations, Madhuban Foods has served over 6700 pilgrims. The difference between the years earlier and now is that this year, the yatris enjoy carefully crafted nutritious buffet spreads, served with passion from the heart and prayer to the Lord on the lips!

About Madhuban Foods:

Madhuban Foods, a by-product of a purposeful vocation, a soulful expression of service, started operations in 2012 at the footsteps of the Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine, Katra(J&K), with the focused vision to ‘serve nutritious food to devoted pilgrims’. Operations have further expanded to Shirdi – the home of the 20th Century Saint Shree SaiBaba alongwith a solid presence in Gurugram and London. Its organic evolution led to two verticals – ‘Madhuban Restaurant’ (Sattvic cuisine) and ‘Ahimsa the Vegan Café’.

Madhuban Foods is the official caterer to Shree Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Trust for serving food to VVIP on 100 years of Shree Sai Baba Samadhi. Madhuban foods has served food to the Vice President of India and many other visiting dignitaries. Besides, since its inception, Madhuban foods has won 4 Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor for its excellence in running restaurant operations. However, what separates this operation with others is that in the abode of the Lord, all humans are equal. The cause of service brings uniform pricing for travel, food and service and gives pilgrim a fair price platform.

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