11,700 (2011 census), decreasing. Very few monolinguals. Ethnic population: 16,800 (2011 census).
Narayani zone: Chitwan district, Bharatpur municipality, Chainpur, Jagatpur, Kathar, and Mangalpur VDCs; Gandaki zone: Tanahun district, Vyas municipality, Kyamin and Ramjakot VDCs.
6b (Threatened). Language of recognized indigenous nationality: Darai.
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.
Devanagari script [Deva], used since 2014.
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.