District Kishtwar has been curved out in the year 2007 and it started functioning as independent administrative unit on 01-04-2007. Kishtwar town is the HQ of District Kishtwar situated at a distance of 235 kms from the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir State. It is located between 35-55 and 45-97 degrees longitudinal; however the altitude of the District varies from 3000-15000 ft. above the sea level. Commonly known as the 'Land of Saffron, Sapphire and Shrines' , it is also very rich in forest products. Kishtwar is surrounded by the District Anantnag, District Doda and also touches the boundaries of state Himachal Pradesh.
Kishtwar District is a newly formed district of Jammu and Kashmir. As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Jammu and Kashmir (out of 22), after Kargil and Leh.The District has derived its name from "Kishat Rishi" who stayed here.
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