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Miss Earth Nepal 2019

NEPAL
RIYA BASNET

Height: 171 cm
Measurements: 33 in - 26 in - 37 in
Education: Business Administration Graduate
Flower Name: Rhododendron

Advocacy: My advocacy is to encourage local participation of communities in order to create a sustainable future.
Miss Earth Nepal 2019

WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL QUALITIES OF THE FLOWER? HEALING? FUNCTION?
LaliGurans (Rhododendron) finds a place in the Nepali food menu. Villagers directly eat the flower petals and children especially enjoy the few drops of honey we contain. Some ethnic group like Raute and Chepang people pickle the flower by adding salt and chilies to eat with rice and curry dishes. A very sweet drink is also made from the flowers and heavy doses of sugar. This is similar to the refreshing drinks made from the hibiscus flower in the Middle East.

Rhododendron is also a source of traditional medicine. One of the remedies is to make a paste from the leaves and apply it to the forehead in the treatment of headaches. It is also used to treat skin diseases. An extract of the bark is used in the treatment of coughs, diarrhoea and dysentery. According to common folklore in Nepal a sip of the juice of the LaliGurans flower dissolves fish bones stuck in the throat.

Trekking during the season of rhododendron is really popular in Nepal. Here are over than 32 varieties of Rhododendron that bloom in all hilly regions of Nepal above 2000 m altitude. Rhododendron Trekking reveals some of the best views, and is considered by many as the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region.

DESCRIBE YOUR CHILDHOOD/GROWING YEARS (8-13 YEARS OLD).
I grew up in a very normal upbringing. As a child I was a very shy and introverted kid. However, it was my father who helped me comes out of my comfort zone by introducing me to sports and getting me involved in different activities from a very young age. For someone who had social anxiety, sports helped me build up my confidence and build social relations. I feel really fortunate today to be born in a family who have always been really supportive and made me the person I am today.

WHAT IS YOUR MEMORABLE MOMENT?
The most memorable moment in my life is the time my little sister was born into this world. I always tell my mother that I wanted a sister. And the day my sister was born, it felt like a dream come true. Though I was really small the time she was born, I vividly remember seeing her innocent face for the very first time. That was the time I found a best friend for a lifetime. She has been my support system since then.

ANY SPECIAL STORIES OR FACTS ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?
I grew up in a joint family. So I have always been very close to my grandparents. I still remember as a kid how my grandfather used to take care of me every single day. From taking me to school, ironing my clothes, to helping me with my homework and exams. He basically was my guardian. And the best thing about him is he still hasn’t changed despite being in his 80’s. He still is as active as he used to be as well as the most organized member in the family. Even today he is the one who keeps all the important documents with him and still love taking care of even the smallest of things.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE?
As a child, I used to love riding my bicycle in the rain. So each time it would rain, I would go out with my bicycle and just enjoy the moment. I don’t know if that’s unusual but when I think of it now, this is something that makes me smile each time.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE TO PROMOTE ECOTOURISM & CLIMATE CHANGE?
Ecotourism is a form of responsible travel, and includes leaving as little impact as possible in the destination place. So whenever anyone travels to any country or particular destination we need to remember to:

a) Respect the practices of local people and their culture
b) Do not pollute the environment in any way
c) Carry your own bag and restrain yourself from using plastic bags
d) Switch off lights and unplug chargers whenever you’re out.

Simple steps like these are enough to begin with to promote eco-tourism in one hand as well as fight the climate crisis today.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD OF YOUR COUNTRY?
A small country that lies between two giants India and China, Nepal is known to be a multilingual, multiethnic, multicultural and multi-religious nation. It has forever been an example of “unity in diversity” as people with different faiths, cultures, have been living harmoniously since ancient times. Nepalese people are motivated by the “simple living, high thinking” dictum. It makes my content that Nepali can find happiness even in the stone's pillow. Nepali is known for their kind hospitable and friendly nature. I is proud of my country because my country have always taught my to be kind and welcoming to every people despite were we come from, to be content with simple things, the importance of bonding and family, and most importantly “ We strongly believe united we rise, divide we fall”.

WHAT CAN YOU PROMOTE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY?
Nepal is the ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers as well as spiritual seekers. It is best known for its adventure tourism like mountaineering, trekking, cannoning, bungee jumping, rafting and many more. For people who love nature, Nepal is known as a country of Himalayas, a home to diverse flora and fauna, as well as has a lot of national parks and conservation areas that people can conveniently enjoy. For spiritual seekers, the capital of Nepal Kathmandu itself is known as the “city of temples” for one can find various temples, monasteries, and stupas with very rich heritage site recognized by UN.

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