• Where projects based in Palampur
  • General information on Palampur
  • What we provide?
  • Volunteer's safety
  • Volunteer options in Palampur
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Where we are based in Palampur

Our volunteers work on several volunteer programs in Palampur area of Dharamshala. As a volunteer you will have a once in a life time volunteer and cultural experience in this beautiful place of Himalaya.

General Information on Palampur

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. Palampur is well connected by road to all major cities and towns in and around the state. Volvo (AC) buses can be taken from ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi to reach Palampur.

About Dharamshala- Dharamshala is a twin town city; divided into a lower and a upper town with a difference of 457m height (1500ft.) between them. The mountains enfold 3 sides of the town and the valley stretches to the south. Dharamshala is known for its scenic beauty, calmness and tranquillity. It has high pine trees, tea gardens and timber yielding trees. Dharamshala is now the seat of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. After the Chinese conquest of his country, Dharamshala is evocative of the imperial days in places like McLeodganj and Forsytheganj. Dharamshala is the headquarters of the Kangra district.

What we provide

Our program fees include your airport transfers, food, accommodation, transport, travel and support. Program fees are set by a weekly basis ranging from one to eight weeks. If you want to volunteer for more than eight weeks, you can add as many extra weeks as you like (within visa restrictions).

Visa & Flight Assistance
Obtaining a visa and book the flights are volunteer's responsibility.

Visa - All our volunteer programs fall under the category of volunteer tourism and we recommend you state your purpose of travel as "tourism" on your visa application. Stating any other purpose of travel will not be applicable to us. We provide information such as references and local address following the approval of the volunteer application.

To obtain a short term visa (e-Visa) up to 2 months, visit following link - https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html 

If you wish to volunteer longer than 8 weeks you will need a long term visa, please visit your own country's government visa website for more information, as each countries long term via requirements vary.

Flights - We are flexible here, you can book flight into Delhi/Jaipur airport any time any day. However, it is recommended to arrive on Saturday but if flights are not suitable or it is expensive then you can arrive 1/2 days prior from your program start date.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

Pickup and Transfer
Pickup & transfer service would be available to volunteers from Jaipur or Delhi airport.

On arrival; our personal driver, working with the Sankalp Team, will be awaiting your arrival at the airport. You will find him in the arrival hall, past immigration/customs/baggage claim, with a placard displaying your name.

You are provided three days stay in Volunteer House (Jaipur) for the Orientation and then travel to Dharamshala by Train which takes 14 hours to reach nearest railway station. On arrival at railway station local driver will be available to pick you up and transfer to host family.

Program Orientation
Next day of your arrival we organized an orientation for each program where you will gain an understanding on the entire volunteer program, introduction to rules and regulation of the organization, Indian history, its culture and traditions.

We offer comfortable accommodation with easy approach to project sites for the volunteers. On placement, you ought to live with a middle class local Indian family in a remote area. A separate living-room on dual or triple sharing basis with other volunteers will be provided but you should not expect luxury on your stay and it is different from what you are used to at home.

Host family will serve three local area meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You may help the host(s) in preparing the meals so that you may learn cooking of various India dishes, which would be liked by your mates when you go back home. You may also cook food of your own choice. Living with Indian families will prove for you the best track of learning the Indian tradition, culture and behaviour without much cost and effort.

In Dharamshala it's a rural placement and more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold/hot bucket shower.

Volunteer's Safety

At Sankalp-Volunteer we make safety a high priority for each and every volunteer and staff member that join our program. Our program has been running for several years and we have had the great joy in welcoming hundreds of volunteers into our program, please trust that we have extensive experience in caring and protecting all of our volunteers. This includes safety within the house, transportation provided by us, safety at the program locations, and any emergencies that may arise.

We do not conduct any program that could in any possible way jeopardize the safety of any volunteer or staff member. We are very proud of our ongoing commitment and provision of safety for all that join our team.

In order to continue our priority and contract with safety, our organization maintains very set rules and regulations. We ask that you join our program with adherence to the set rules and respect them appropriately for your own and others personal safety.

Volunteer options in Dharamshala