8,770 (2011 census), decreasing. No monolinguals (2002 UNESCO). Ethnic population: 10,400 (2011 census).
Gandaki zone: Tanahu district; Lumbini zone: Nawalparasi district; Narayani zone: Chitwan district; along rivers, especially the Gandaki.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Bote.
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.
Devanagari script [Deva], recently developed.
2 groups of Bote: Pani (water) Bote and Pakhe (land) Bote. Hindu.