The Bots are one of 124 different ethnic groups in Nepal, and Bankatta is home to the largest Bot community in the country. Living close to the Reu River and the jungles, the Bots historically used to rely on the forest and river for their livelihood. Over the last fifty years, after the establishment of national parks in the area, they have shifted more towards an agricultural society. The Bots have their own unique language, customs, food and culture and are known for their generosity. They still have a close relationship with the local rivers, as they

With the beauty of the village and uniqueness of their culture at hand, Bankatta residents have started to see ecotourism as a new path towards a sustainable and reliable livelihood.