Tibet Sun Newsroom
McLEOD GANJ, India, 13 October 2019
Shrutika Sharma from Nainital, Uttrakhand, impressed the judges in the question and answer round to win the crown of the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2019 in a modest show in McLeod Ganj last night.
“I feel like on cloud nine,” she said after winning the crown. She also won a prize of one lakh rupees (1,400 USD approx).
Shalika Rana was named the First Runner-up and Sapna Devi was the Second Runner-up. They received 50,000 and 25,000 rupees respectively.
The 22-year-old winner has a B Tech degree, and currently is a flight attendant.
“I understand this comes with great responsibility. I am not only going to focus on my career but society as well. I will focus on uplifting our Pahadi (mountain) culture, promotion of Himalayan beauty, and expansion of tourism,” Shrutika said after winning the crown.
Eight contestants, except for the winner were from Himachal Pradesh. They had to go through four rounds — Talk, Talent, Traditional Costume and Interview Rounds — for a three-member jury to decide the winner.
Organised since 2012, the Miss Himalaya Pageants celebrate and empower young Himalayan women, their unique culture, and the pristine environment around them.