Volunteers all over the world prefer going to Palampur. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, this hill station has all the features that can attract foreign visitors. The beauty of the town enthrals travellers to a great extent. The residents of the town are warm, welcoming and cheerful. As a result, many foreign visitors choose to stay back for volunteering. Some of them go back to their countries and influence others to taste the beauty of the Himalayan town.
Surrounded by pine trees and tea gardens, the town merges with the Dhauladhar ranges. Palampur derives its name from the local term ‘palum,’ which means abundance of water. Palampur is the meeting point of hills and the plain. The confluence of the two contrast topographical features lends the town a celestial appearance.
Market and Restaurants
Palampur market is embedded with several shopping complexes and showrooms of big brands. It is one of the most high profile markets in the Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh.
The town is so close to nature that you can feel the beckoning of nature in each and every corner. Fresh vegetables and fruits are proof of the freshness of the town. You can easily come across shops selling electrical and electronics appliances. The thing is, a volunteer can get almost anything he or she wants. Palampur welcomes tourists from all over the world. Therefore, it treats its guests with a huge assortment of cuisines ranging from Indian to Continental and so on. At some outlets, volunteers can also taste original Kangra food.
Prominent places near Palampur
Baijnath is famous for its Shiva temple. The town gets its name from Shiva Vaidyanatha. At one time, it was called ‘Kirgrama.’ There is a conical spire surrounding a structure called ‘Adytum’. There is a ‘mandap’ which is enveloped by a pyramid-shaped roof at a low height. According to Hindu mythology, Ravana worshipped Lord Shiva at this place. Shiva was impressed by Ravana’s dedication and blessed him immortality. Baijnath is also counted among the 12 ‘Jyotirlingams.’ ‘Shivratri’ is celebrated here with much fun and zest. Volunteers will find this place very cheerful during the occasion of ‘Shivratri.’
# Bir and Beelling
These two villages have Buddhist monasteries. Bir is encircled by tea gardens. Volunteers can also purchase exquisite Tibetan handicrafts in this village. At a higher altitude, Billing is known for cross country flying and is among the finest sites of airborne sports in India. Adventure seeking volunteers will be able to spend a great time at this spot.
Volunteers will be escorted to Palampur by the representatives of the volunteer organization. Palampur is accessible from Shimla, Dalhousie, Jogindernagar, Pathankot, Baijnath and last but not the least Dharamsala. Dharamsala is the Headquarter of Kangra district and is the nearest town to Palampur. Those who volunteer in Dharamsala India also visit Palampur for volunteering.
By Road: Reaching the town of Palampur by road is not difficult. It is only 40 Km from Kangra town via NH No. 20. Most of the towns and cities in Himachal Pradesh are connected with each other by metalled roads.
By Air: The closest airport is Gaggal airport, which is only 50 Km from Palampur.
By Rail: The closest broad gauge railhead to Palampur is Pathankot which is at a distance of 95 Km from Kangra. There is also a narrow gauge railway line running from Pathankot to Jogindernagar via Kangra.
Volunteers visit the town of Palampur and work from here because of its temperate climate, beautiful scenery, cheerful people, colourful culture, tourist spots and connectivity. It presents an enticing experience to its visitors.
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By: Carol Griffin
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