as Gateway of Jammu & Kashmir State, Kathua district lies
in South-East of the State. It is located 32.17' to 32.55' north
latitude and 75.32' to 75.76' east longitude. Spread over an
area of 2651 sq.Kms constituting 1.9 per cent of the total area
of the State, the district has a population of over 4.92 lakh
as per 1991 estimates. The sex ratio as per 1981 census was
917 females per 1000 males and density of population 1.86 persons
per Sq.kms as per 1991 estimates. The district has literacy
percentage of 31.90. For administrative, the district has been
divided into four tehsils namely Kathua,Hiranagar, Basholi and
Billawar. District broadly comprises three distinct zones. These
can be described as border, kandi and hilly areas.The two main
rivers of the district are Raviand Ujhwhicharemajorcontributors
to the prestigious Ravi-Tawi Irrigation Complex. There
are a number of Monuments in the district like towering forts
and magnificent places at kathua, Lakhanpur, Jasmergarh (Hiranagar),Jasrota,Ramkote,Bhadu
Sarthal:- It is a beutiful meadow,situated at a height of 7000
ft.which remains covered with snow for nearly six months.It
is a part of an exciting trekking route. It is located 20 Kms.
Bani:- Located at a height of 4200 ft.in the lap of lofty montains.
It has a good climate and immense natural beauty. It is situated
88 Kms. from Basholi town and is linked by the road. It is also
base camp of trekkers who go to different routs to Bhaderwah,
Banjal:- Is a beautiful pass located at an altitude of 4500
ft.It is 55 Kms.from Basholi. During March to May the area becomes
colourful with lot of flowers blooming. Banjal is also known
as "Garden of Natural Flowers". A P.W.D Rest House
and Dak Bungalow are also available there.
There are numerous thrilling trekking routes mostly in and around
Bani area which pass through virgin mountain areas of beauty.
Some of these routes are
(a) Bani-Sarthal-Bhaderwah Trek - It is 53 Kms Trek.
(b) Bani-Khajar-Bani - It is 3 hours trek.
(c) Bani-Sundroon-Bani - It is soft trek upto Sundroon 12 Kms.away.
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