Nepali is an Indo-Aryan language with around 17 million speakers in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and India. Nepali was originally known as Khas Kura and was the language of the Khasa kingdom, which ruled over the foothills of what is now Nepal during the 13th and 14th centuries.
Nepali first started to be used in writing during the 12th century AD. It is written with the Devanagari alphabet, which developed from the Brahmi script in the 11th century AD. Three letter code for Nepali is NEP.
Nepali is spoken in eastern region and adjacent south central region of Nepal and also spoken in Bhutan, Brunei, India. People speaking Nepali are 99,00,000 in Nepal, 58.3% of the population and total in all countries is 1,60,56,000 including Bhutan and India.
Alternative Names of Nepali are NEPALESE, GORKHALI, GURKHALI, KHASKURA, PARBATIYA, EASTERN PAHARI. Dialects of Nepali are BAITADI, BAJHANGI, BAJURALI (BAJURA), DOTELI, SORADI, ACCHAMI, JUMLELI (JUMLA, SINGJA, SIJALI), and DARJULA.