Pahari (Also known as Pahaari), is a general term for various dialects spoken in the Indian part of the central Himalayan range. The word is derived from ‘pahar’ or ‘pahad’ meaning ‘mountain’. The term ‘Pahaari/Pahari’ in Hindi, Urdu, or Punjabi means “language of the mountain people”. Pahari dialects are found in the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal (traditionally called Uttarakhand). Western Pahari (Himachali) dialects include: Pothohari/Potwari, Kangri, Kullu, Mandyali, etc. The dialects spoken in Uttaranchal/Uttarakhand include Garhwali, Kumaoni and others. Garhwali itself has many dialects spoken in different parts of the state, like Jaunsari, Jadhi, etc. In the UK the language is referred to colloquially as “mawri twaree” (mine and yours).

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