The community is a group of people living in the trans-Himalayan regions of India - Tibet border in Garhwali hills. Tibet is known as Bhot. Being connected with Tibet, the community of Niti and Mana valleys is officially named as Bhotia. The community is also referred as Rongpa in the valley. The word “Rongpa” derives from the words "Rung" and “Pa”. Where Rung means Valley and Pa means inhabitants. Bhotia community inhabit in the valleys (Niti and Mana) of District Chamoli of Uttarakhand.