Bhotia

Who are they? The Bhotia or Bhotiya are an occupational caste of shepherds. Numbering around 120,000 people, they live predominantly in the northern states of…

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Sonar

Who Are They? The Sonar are gold and silversmiths. They make jewelry and ornaments that are elaborately designed and inlaid with precious and semi-precious stones.…

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Sayyad

Who are they? The Sayyad, also spelled Syed or Saiyed, are a large Muslim landowning rural community. Numbering around 12.2 million they are spread over…

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Mughal

Who are they? The Mughal or Moguls were once known as a community of soldiers who are now a landowning community. They are a well-known Muslim…

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Lohar

Who are they? The Lohar or Luhar are an occupational caste of traditional traveling blacksmiths that number more than 7.5 million people. The term Lohar…

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