The Tharu people are among the earliest inhabitants of Nepal, occupying the area of Terai, around the Himalayan foothills. They perhaps came from Central Asia and settled in this area before 1st century AD. Since the beginning, they have experienced oppression at the hands of North Indian invaders. Jung Bahadur, the Rana Prime Minister, in 1854, formulated a caste system, where Tharus were kept at the bottom level and had their land and wealth taken away. In the 1950s, people from around the country migrated to the Terai and made the original inhabitants their slaves. Coming to the area, utilising vacation packages Nepal and meeting these people may give tourists a new perspective about the country, its different ethnic groups and their culture.
They claim to be forest-dwellers, having lived there since ancient times and practising shifting cultivation. Jungles are important for growing lentils, mustard, corn…
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