district is the third largest in terms of area after Leh and
Kargil.The district falls between 32 degree-53' and 34 degree-21'
north latitude and 75degree-1' and 76degree-47' east longitude.
Spread over in area of 11,691 Sq.Kms the district has a population
of 5.25 lakhs (1991-census). The sex ratio was 904 females per
1,000 males and the density of population 36 per Sq.Kms.The
literacy percentage per 1981 census was 18.5 percent.The district
has been divided into four Sub- Divisions viz Doda,Ramban,Bhaderwah
and Kishtwar.It has seven tehsils viz Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar,Ramban,Banihal,Thathri
and Gandoh. The no.of Panchayats is 132.
The altitude varies from 8,000 ft.to 15,000 ft.The average rainfall
is 35 inches per annum which is lowest as compared to other
distt.of the division. The Chenab,main river flowing through
the distt.is commercially very vital for transportation of timber
from forests and power generation.Chenab river has a hydel potential
of about 15,000 Mws.Prestigious hydel projects of Salal and
Dul Hasti are on this river.The district is known for its rich
mineral Deposits. Lead,mica ,gypsum, manganese, marble ,graphite
copper etc are found here. The distinct is pre-dominantly rural
and has agricultural and pastoral economy. The distt.has good
potential for tourism including piligrim and adventure. Monuments
of archaeological importance in the distt. include a fort at
Bhadarwah,Bhandharkot fort in Kishtwar and Ghajpat Qila at Ramban.
Kashmiri, Dogri, Bhadarwahi, Kishtwari,Siraji, Pogli,Paddri,
Punjabi etc are the languages being spoken here in different
Doda abounds in scenic spots.With large forest area,snowclad
peaks,virgin trekking routes and majestic Chenab river passing
through it,the district offers a variety of toyrist spots,health
resorts and enthralling trekking routes which are given below:
The present name,related with 'KISHAT RISHI' who stayed here,is
the modified version of earlier name of Kishaswar.Located about
232 kms.from Jammu at a height of 5,360 ft. The place has rich
wild life like snow-deer,leopard,Neel gai and Muskdeer. There
are high altitude mountains ranging between 20,000ft.to 21,000
ft. like Nun Kun,Burmah and Barnag.
Is the most popular tourist spot of Jammu region.Patnitop is
the highest point of Jammu-Srinagar National highway which resembles
Gulmarg.Its lushgreen meadows and pine trees catch every one's
attention.In winter it is covered with a white carpet of snow
and its slopes have been successfully experimented for skiing.
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