The people of Nepal
The beauty and charm of Nepal doesn’t only come from the mountain scenery. It also comes from its amazing variety of cultures and traditions. Wherever you tread in the mountains, you will pass communities whose traditional culture, religion and beliefs continue to define and shape local life.
Nepal’s population is over 29 million people (2017). Almost half of the Nepali’s live in the Terai, and most of the rest are spread throughout the country in remote hill villages. Only 15% of the people of Nepal population lives in cities.
Anthropologists divide the people of Nepal into about 60 ‘ethnic groups’. It’s a convenient term to encompass various shades of tribe, clan, caste and race. Most ethnic groups have their own language, though almost everyone speaks Nepali as a second language.