Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Union Territory||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Elevation||1,638 m (5,374 ft)|
|• Official||Kashmiri, Hindi, Urdu, Dogri, English|
|• Spoken||Kashmiri language by majority, Kishtwari, a local dialect of Kashmiri language, is spoken by Hindus|
Bhoti is another local dialect
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Kishtwar is a municipality in the Kishtwar District in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Kishtwar was carved out as a district from Doda district and started functioning as an independent administrative unit in the year 2007.
Kishtwar town, the headquarters of Kishtwar District is situated at a distance of 211.5 km (131.4 mi) from the winter capital of Jammu. The altitude of the district varies from 3,000–15,000 ft (910–4,570 m) above mean sea level. Kishtwar is also known as the "Land of Kishat rishi, Sapphire and Saffron", as kishat rishi was the saint who lived here and there is mine a huge mine of Sapphire in Paddar area and rich cultivation of Saffron in Pochhal area in Kishtwar district. A large ground locally called as Chowgan is located in the heart of the town. Kishtwar is surrounded by the districts Anantnag and Doda and also touches the boundaries of state Himachal Pradesh.
In 2013 the municipality was the location the Kishtwar Riots, which claimed three lives and injured 80 more, and was a conflict between Muslim and Hindu communities that occurred in the aftermath of the Eid festival on 9 August 2013 at Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir.
As of 2011[update] India census Kishtwar had a population of 14,865. Males constitute 63% of the population and females 37%. Kishtwar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the Indian national average: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 42%. In Kishtwar, 11% of the population is under six years of age. The main language spoken here by the Muslims is Kashmiri and local Hindus of Kishtwar speak a local dialect of Kashmiri language called Kashtwari. The dominant religion in Kishtwar is Islam with 69.21% population, with Hinduism with second-largest religion with 29.59%.
Kishtwar does not have its own airport as of now, though, there is a helipad in Kishtwar which is located just 3 kilometres north of the city of Kishtwar. The government had started a project in which Kishtwar is to get its own airstrip of 1200–1300 meters long in upcoming years. The government is upgrading it into a full-fledged airstrip. The nearest airports to Kishtwar are Jammu Airport and Srinagar International Airport located 219 and 211 kilometres respectively.
There is no rail-connectivity to Kishtwar yet. The nearest railway station to Kishtwar is Banihal railway station located 174 kilometres from Kishtwar. The nearest major railway station is Udhampur railway station, located at a distance of 150 kilometres.
Kishtwar is well-connected by roads to other places in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India as several highways and roads pass through Kishtwar including NH 244.