From Nepal with Love
-   2017-08-06 | nepaltraveller.com
ASMI SHRESTHA was Miss Nepal 2016 and represented Nepal at the Miss World 2016 contest. She shared with Shuvekshya Limbu of nepaltraveller.com her travel plans and exciting experiences.
Your favourite travel destination in Nepal
My favourite travel destination has to be Kagbeni. The serenity of the place along with its breathtaking landscapes and beautiful mountains make me want to go back there. I also want to explore Lo Manthang if I get to visit there again.
Your most adventurous travel experience
That has to be trekking to Gosainkunda in April 2014. I was going through a tough time back then and the adventure proved to be the best medicine. We walked more than 150 kms and reached an altitude of 4700m. It was not just an adventure for me but it was a journey of self-realisation. We walked all the way from Dhunchey to Sundarijal, Kathmandu.
Your idea of a perfect holiday
One thing I have learned from my experience is that traveling is meaningful only when you have the right company. So as long as I have the right company, I don’t mind holidaying anywhere. It doesn’t have always be perfect. The setbacks and the spontaneity adds extra memories and stories that are worth telling.
Your favourite coffee shop in Nepal
I’m more of a chiya person. And my favourite is masala tea. For that I usually go to Café Cheeno which has a very nice ambiance and a lovely courtyard garden.
The one place in Nepal you’d like to live after you retire
That would be Lukla.
Tell us something about your project ‘Classroom and Beyond’. What places has it taken you?
This is something which is very close to my heart. The primary school I have been working on is situated in Deurali-5, Gorkha. I started the project with the aim of helping students affected by the earthquake.
Our team has successfully rebuilt classrooms and I can proudly say that we have given it a total makeover to make it as lively as possible. Nothing makes us happier than seeing the children smiling as they go to school. They have a new playground, new classrooms, learning and recreational centre and I hope that provides them a whole new level of motivation to study. We want to establish it as a model school so the process is still ongoing even though we are done with the major construction phase. We have plans to work on one school and one village at a time, as we believe in quality more than the quantity.