Dharamsala girl Jyoti Dogra was crowned Miss Himalaya-2014 at the grand finale of the event held at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) in McLeodganj late Sunday night.
Shikha Sharma, also from Dharamsala, emerged as the first runner-up while Dawa Dema from Thimpu, Bhutan was the second runner-up.
A total of five participants took part in the 2nd edition of the event. Contestants went through three rounds during the finale night including introduction, traditional costume and interview rounds, after which the winner was announced.
The winner was given a cash prize of rs1 lakh, which was sponsored by Pema Khandu, the tourism and water resource minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
The second prize of `50,000 was sponsored by a Japanese NGO 'Rainbow Children' and the third prize of `25,000 by the global Tibet support network 'United Nations for a Free Tibet'.
Citing lack of advertising as the reason for the small number of contestants, one of the organiser said, “We expected more contestants in this second edition. Apparently, we didn't do enough advertisement.”
“We will start working on the next pageant right after this one so that there would be at least ten contestants from Ladakh to Arunachal,” he said.