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Refreshment Units (View Points)

Refreshments like biscuits, cold-drinks tea, coffee, milk, mineral water, etc. are available along the way at refreshment Units of the Shrine Board. Nearly all of these units are located at carefully selected locations from where one can have a panoramic view of the valley. Therefore, they are also known as View Points. There are a total of 12 such view points. 9 of these refreshment units (or view points) are located on the old track while 3 are located on the alternate track to Bhawan. All the items offered at these view points are on a no-profit basis thus ensuring proper quality and value for the money paid by the pilgrims.

The larger viewpoints serve meals, bread, buns also, while the smaller ones only serve packed snacks and beverages. In addition, oxygen cylinders, cassettes, milk for infants is also available at these viewpoints.

Most of the viewpoints are located at or near Vishram Sthals (resting points). The Vishram Sthals are so called because track is covered with sheds here and benches or resting places are provided. In addition, toilets and drinking water points are also located nearby. In brief, there are adequate opportunities for rest, rejuvenation and eat and drink in and around the viewpoints and the Vishram Sthals.

An indicative list of available items and currently prevailing prices is shown below

Cold Drinks Tea Snacks Pop Corns
Mineral Water Coffee Plain Biscuits  


Besides edible items, rain coats, umbrellas, first aid, complaint suggestion boxes and information brochures are also available at these viewpoints.

Bhojanalayas

While the 12 viewpoints or refreshment units cater to the refreshment and light snack needs of the yatries, the Shrine Board also runs full-fledged Bhojanalyas to provide wholesome and hygienic food to the pilgrims on no-profit basis. Because of the Board's policy of running all its units on a no-profit basis all the items are available at very cheap and affordable rates.

The Shrine Board runs five Bhojanalyas in all, one each at Adkuwari and Sanjichhat and three at main Bhawan. The Bhojanalyas at Bhawan run round the clock and serve a varied but traditional menu. There is in addition, a catering cell at Katra to cater to the needs of pilgrims utilizing accommodation facilities at the Niharika Complex.

There are a number of private establishments available on the track but yatries are advised to assure themselves about the fair price and quality of the goods being offered. In particular, Yatries are advised to strongly desist from paying anything over the retail price printed on the packaged products.

An indicative list of available items and currently prevailing prices is shown below

Poori Channa Prantha Cold Drinks Biscuits
Rajmah Rice Tea Mineral Water  

The following items are also available at some of the Bhojanalayas:

Curd Dal Mix Vegetable Samber Vada
Dal Rice Kadi Pakora Rice Dahi Vada Tandoori Chapati
Malai Kofta Channa Milk Cheese Tomato
Rajmah Plain Rice    

Note: The menu items listed above are indicative and all items may not be available at every unit.

Prices are subject to change without notice since the prices of most raw materials including vegetables and pulses are subject to frequent changes
 
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