10,200 (2001 census), decreasing. Very few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 14,900.
Narayani Zone, Chitwan district, Bharatpur municipality, Mangalpur, Kathar, Jagatpur, and Chainpur VDCs; Gandaki Zone, Tanahun district, Vyas municipality, Kyamin and Ramjakot VDCs.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C).
Chitwan, Tanahun. Lexical similarity: 85%–90% with Bote [bmj].
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; 2 noun classes or genders; 1 prefix, up to 4 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks for person and number; nominal-based split ergativity; both tense and aspect; passives and voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes; head-marking of noun in genitive construction
Darai do not have social subdivisions found in most other Nepali groups. They do not organize communities into social, religious, economic, or political organizations (Bista 1996). Hindu, Christian.