Kishtwar is a Municipal Committee city in district of Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir. The Kishtwar city is divided into 13 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The Kishtwar Municipal Committee has population of 14,865 of which 8,179 are males while 6,686 are females as per report released
Kishtwar is bounded on the North by Kashmir and Zanskar Valley,on the South by Bhaderwah and Doda Tehsils,on the East by Himachal Pradeshand on the West by Anantnag and Ramban Districts.It is very mountainous district which lies between 33deg.10' &33deg.25' Latitude and 75deg..25' & 76deg.10' Longitude.
Kishtwar is known by several names: 1. Samarth Garh 2. Goverdhansar 3. Mahakali Garh 4. Lohit Mandal 5. Pohie 6. Cheerhar 7. Bhot Nagar 8. Kishtavata 9. Kishtwar Existence of Kishtwar town and Mandal goes back to Mahabharata time when it was called 'Lohit Mandal' meaning ' a place of Saffron' although 'Lohit' has ceased to be used now but