Nepali is an Indo-Aryan language with around 17 million speakers in Nepal,
Bhutan, Burma and India. Nepali was originally known as Khas Kurā
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 Devanāgarī alphabet, which developed from the
Brahmi script in the 11th century AD.
Devanāgarī alphabet for Nepali
Vowels and vowel diacritics
Sample text in Nepali
Transliteration Sabai vyaktiharū janmajāt svatantra hun tī
sabaikō samān adhikār ra mahatva cha. Nijaharūmā
vicāraśakti ra sadvicār bhaēkōlē nijaharūlē
āpastmā bhrātr̥tvakō bhāvanābāṭ
vyavahār garanu parcha.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason
and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Thanks to Arvind Iyengar for providing the above sample text.