Dharamshala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. Dharamshala over looks the plains and is surrounded by dense pine trees and Deodar forests. A nearby snowline with numerous streams and cool healthy atmosphere makes this area very attractive. Dharamsala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamsala is evocative of the imperial days in places like McLeodganj and Forsytheganj. Dharamsala is the headquarters of the Kangra district.
Dharamshala has pleasant weather conditions through the summer months, sees heavy rains during monsoon and snowfall in winters. Here's a monthly break up of Dharamshala's climatic conditions. Summer months are perfect for a trip to the hills, it's also the ideal time for trekking tours on scenic trails dotted with flowers in full bloom. If you are keen to enjoy the romantic rainfall in the hills, then mid-July to September is the time for you when the mountains are at their greenest. Rains stop around mid-September and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing and nights start getting chilly at this time. Winters in Dharamshala are freezing, but if you enjoy the cold and snow-white mountains, then this is a beautiful time to visit. It snows here during this time and the temperature tends to dip below -1.
The volunteer programs in Dharamshala are located in Palampur, on an altitude of 1,220 and 30 km from Dharamshala town. As a volunteer you will have a once in a life time volunteer and cultural experience in this beautiful place of Himalaya.
Palampur is a hill station in Dharamshala region. It is the tea capital of northwest India, surrounded by pine forests and flanked by the Dhauladhar ranges. The town derives its name from the local word palum, meaning lots of water. There are numerous streams flowing from the mountains to the plains from Palampur. The combination of greenery and water gives Palampur a distinctive look.The markets in Palampur are one of the most upscale markets in the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh.
Sankalp offers the opportunity to do volunteer work in this beautiful Himalayan region, you will see the lives of Himalayan people and will get the opportunity to develop greater cultural, community and educational awareness of them. The volunteers can participate in Teaching English, Computer Education, Child Care and Sports Volunteering.
Melissa Gilkes, Australia
It has been a great 2 weeks! I wish I would stay for longer and would definitely consider coming back again. I even got to go a wedding! What a great experience that was!!! The people around the area are so helpful and friendly. The children are so warm and loving. It is such a lovely feeling to be surrounded by such a genuine people. The food is out of this world "Mum" is a great cook and even "dad" cooked us "kithroo" and it was delicious!! The whole family was helpful, caring and accommodating to our needs. I'm going to miss them very much. They arranged everything very swiftly and made our lives very easy. The overall experience was excellent.