2,820 (2001 census), decreasing. No monolinguals (2002 UNESCO). Ethnic population: 7,970.
Along the rivers in Tanahun, Nawalparasi, and Chitwan districts, especially the Gandaki river.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C).
SOV; postpositions; final noun head; no noun classes or genders; content q-word in situ; 1 prefix, up to 2 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person and number; ergativity; both tense and aspect; passives and voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes
2 groups of Bote: Pani (water) Bote and Pakhe (land) Bote. Hindu.