400,000 (2005 SIL).
Himachal Pradesh state: Shimla district, southeast section; Sirmaur district.
Dharthi (Giriwari), Giripari. Difficult intelligibility between Dharthi and Giripari; and between Upper Mahasui and Giripar. Dharthi dialect more influenced by Hindi. In south Shimla District, Kiunthali and Sirmauri are used interchangeably. Reportedly a different variety of Sirmauri in Sirmaur District. Lexical similarity: 56%–70% with Dharthi and Giripari, with considerable variation within each dialect; Giripari 67% with Lower Mahasui, 65% with Upper Mahasui, 61% with Jaunsari [jns].
Home, village. Positive attitudes. Also use Hindi [hin], with high proficiency among educated people, and a wide range of proficiency among uneducated people, but older, uneducated women have very limited proficiency.
Dharthi is spoken in Giriwar area, Giripari in Giripar area. Hindu.