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 Sapphire and Saffron’ , it is also very rich in forest products. Kishtwar is surrounded by the District Anantnag, Distirct 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.