International Symposium on

Transforming Mountain Forestry 

Bridging transboundary challenges with 21st century paradigms for the welfare of mountain people, forests and environment in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Dehradun, India
18 - 22 January 2015

General information for participants

Dehradun is the capital city of the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, with an area of 3,088 sq km. It lies at an altitude of 2,100 ft (640 m). Dehradun is one of the oldest cities in India and is situated around 235 kilometers from the capital city of Delhi. The city has the Shivalik range to its south, the lesser and higher Himalayas to its north, the Yamuna river to its west and the sacred Ganges to its east. Since its location is in the hilly part of the state, the climate of Dehradun is quite pleasant. However, the winter season (between December and February) can bring temperatures down, though it’s always above 0° Celsius.   

Dehradun attracts tourists because of its pleasant weather and beautiful landscape. It is also the gateway to the surrounding Himalayan regions like Nainital, Mussoorie, Auli as well as sacred Hindu towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The city is home to some renowned educational and research institutes like the Doon School, Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute, and Wildlife Institute of India, among others.

Other attractions of the region include Tapkeshwar Temple, Santala Devi Temple, Tapovan, Rajaji National Park, and Malsi Deer Park. Apart from its natural beauty, monuments and institutions, the city is famous for its Basmati rice.

The best way to explore and get around Dehradun is either by car or on foot. While walking around the town, tourists can shop for local handicrafts, jewellery, woollens and books from three of the major shopping hubs here – Paltan Bazaar, Rajpur Road and Ashley Hal. Travellers can also try tasting some Tibetan momos that are served in many restaurants on Rajpur Road.

For more general information on Dehradun, visit online travel portals like or

Dehradun tourist map

Event Venue 

Workshop will be organized at Forest Research Institute (FRI) conference hall.

Day 1: 18 January 2015 (Sunday)

Morning field visit 
Watershed Management and Biodiversity Conservation near Mussorie Hills, Oak Forest Watershed and Van Panchayats

Interaction with local communities and their activities will be part of field visits. All participants are expected to join the field visit. 

Comfortable clothing with trek shoes, and warm clothes are suggested. 

Evening Inauguration

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
Fax :+91 135-2756865
Telephone : +91 135-2755277


Days 2-4: 19-22 January 2015

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India
Fax :+91 135-2756865
Telephone : +91 135-2755277


Ground Transportation 

Participants are requested to send their travel itinerary as early as possible to and Arrangements have been made for pick-up and drop-off at the airport and railway station. 

Representative/s from the symposium secretariat will be at the airport/railway station arrival/exit gate with a placard titled INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FORESTRY SYMPOSIUM. Kindly wait if you do not see the representative. 

In case of uncertainty, please call: 

Dr Neelu Gera, Forest Research Institute, Phone: +91 9412054711

Dr Rajan Kotru, ICIMOD, Phone: +91 94187 23489 

In case, you do not see any person with the abovementioned placard, public taxis are available at the airport. You can book one at the arrival lounge near the exit gate. The taxi fare from the airport to hotel will be approximately Indian Rupees 700-900 per taxi. From the railway station, both the hotels are nearby and the taxi fare could be up to Rs. 250.  

Accommodation for international participants 

Hotel Pacific
19, Subhash Road, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) Pincode-248001 (INDIA)
Telephone: +91-135-2712355, 56, 77, 88
Fax: +91-135-2714679 



Hotel Madhuwan 
97, Rajpur Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand (INDIA)
Ph : +91-135-2749990,94 
Direct Reservations : +91-135-2740066,77 
Fax : +91-135-2746496


Accommodation are also provided at Forest Research Institute (FRI). 


Breakfast is included in the room rate for international participants staying in accommodation arranged by ICIMOD.

Lunch will be provided for all participants on 18 - 22 January 2015. 

Dinner. All participants will be welcome at the reception dinner sponsored by ICIMOD on 18-22 January.

Travel reimbursements for participants

Daily subsistence allowance to cover food costs will be provided at the rate of USD 20 per day and enroute cost of USD 35 as per ICIMOD norms as per the night basia, except to the local participants from Deharadun. 

All costs, including costs of economic airfare, visa fee, local taxi will be provided. Participants are requested to submit all invoices (original), air-ticket copy, boarding pass and rail way ticket copy (if applicable) for costs reimbursements. ICIMOD will take care of accommodation and will provide Lunch and Dinner during meeting period.

Visas and airport information

Except for the national of Nepal and Bhutan, all foreigners need visa to enter India. 

Citizen of 43 countries listed below can get visa on arrival enabled with electronic travel authorization. 

Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cooks Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos PDR, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Island, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, United States of America, Vanuatu, Vietnam.

For more information visit :

Kindly check webpage for detail on Indian Visa. You can also wish check nearby Indian embassy or consulate general on requirements of Indian visa.  


The Government of Nepal rules on foreign currency do not permit ICIMOD to bring currency other than Indian Rupees to India. With this rule, we will only be able to pay or reimburse the costs in India in Indian Rupees. After the workshop, we will reimburse any remaining amount directly into the participant’s bank account in their home country. Please provide your banking information along with the swift code and IFSC code especially for India to Prabha Shrestha   ().

Contact Information 

For any assistance during your stay in Dehradun, you are welcome to contact the following numbers. 

N.S.K Harsh
Group Coordinator Research,
Forest Research Institute
Phone: +91 135-2752670

Rajan Kotru
Regional Programme Manager,
Transboundary Landscapes-ICIMOD

Padam Parkash Bhojvaid
Director, Forest Research Institute
Phone: +91 135-2755277

Shreedip Sigdel
SSA, Transboundary Landscapes-ICIMOD 

Neelu Gera
Phone: +91 9412054711

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