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tibet-2012-himalayanDharamshala: In effort to celebrate the mighty and majestic Himalaya, provide an opportunity for girls belonging to Himalayan states and create an opportunity to study and assess the Himalayan ecosystem, the organizers of the Miss Tibet Pageant will put on the first Miss Himalaya Pageant.

The Pageant will take place at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in McLeodganj from October 12 to 13. The fourth and final round of the pageant will be held on October 13.

"The pageant will not only provide an opportunity for young women from the entire Himalayan region to promote its culture and preserve its environment, but it will also foster friendship and understanding among the people of this region," says pageant organizer, Lobsang Wangyal.

The pageant was conceived in 2010 by Lobsang Wangyal Productions, which has put on the annual Miss Tibet contest for the last ten years. Pageant organizers have kept a low profile on the event to show respect and solidarity to Tibetans who have self-immolated in the past year to support Tibet's cause.

"We stand in solidarity and support in their quest for freedom," says Wangyal, of those who have taken their lives while taking a stance for Tibet.

The pageant will be held at Tipa at 6pm. Tickets will be available at the door. The show on Friday, Oct. 12 will cost 100 rupees. There will be 450 seats on Friday night. On Saturday, Oct. 13, tickets will cost 150 rupees.

The winner of the pageant will receive one lakh rupees (100,000.00 rupees). The first runner-up will receive 50,000.00 rupees and the second runner-up 25,000.00.

For more information or to make a donation, visit: http://www.misshimalaya.com.

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