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Doda District

Doda 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 areas.
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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