Friends have taken to social media to share tributes to the “beautiful soul”.
“I can’t believe this could happen…You are an absolute angel…even death can’t dim your shine,” wrote one friend on Facebook.
"Her mum is bedridden due to this tragic news," Ms Bhandari's second cousin, Pratistha KC, told Fairfax. "Shristi was a very charming young lady. She was intelligent, beautiful, gracious and loved her mother the most. They were best friends.
"She loved her brother to bits and [was her] daddy's pride.”
Her family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds to return her body home to Nepal.
“She was a kindhearted and radiant person and we are all so shocked and saddened by her untimely demise,” reads the page.