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Handwara is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Coordinates: 34°24′N 74°17′E / 34.40°N 74.28°E / 34.40; 74.28Coordinates: 34°24′N 74°17′E / 34.40°N 74.28°E / 34.40; 74.28
Country  India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Kupwara
Elevation 1,582 m (5,190 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 10,624
 • Official Urdu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 193221
Vehicle registration JK09
Website kupwara.nic.in
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Handwara (Kashmiri language: हंदवारा (Devanagari), ہندوارہ (Nastaleeq)) is a town under the Municipal Committee in Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir.


Handwara is located at 34°24′N 74°17′E / 34.40°N 74.28°E / 34.40; 74.28. It has an average elevation of 1,582 metres (5,190 feet).

Handwara is a town of Distt Kupwara of Indian Kashmir. It is situated in the North Kashmir. It has a Municipal Committee representing 13 wards. It has its own Tehsil office, ADC office, and a police station. An additional Sessions court has been sanctioned for Handwara, but it is yet to function.

Handwara is an electoral constituency of Distt Kupwara located in the extreme north of Jammu and Kashmir. It comprises the main town consisting of 13 Municipal Wards and various other blocks. The main Blocks are the Rajwar and Ramhal Block. It is a Tehsil headquarters and has its own Police station, Fire services station, a sub-district hospital, an additional DC office, a local trial court, an additional Session court and the other public deptts. which include Deptt. of PHE, R&B and PWD etc. Besides these deptts, it has also got a main veterinary hospital,social welfare deptt, Agriculture deptt and Horticulture deptt. The deputy CEO of education deptt has its seat in the Handwara and one ZEO is holding its office in main Handwara. The thirteen Wards of Handwara Municipal Committee include Durashpora, Herpora, Banday Mohalla, Zargar Mohalla, Khanbal A, Khanbal B, Bagatpora, Kachiwara,Gonipora, Braripora A, Braripora B and Chootipora. There is a big mansion of Tantrays near General Bus Stand Handwara owned by Late Haji Abdul Ahad Tantray. Theirs is one of the most revered families in the Handwara township.

The current MLA of Handwara is Chowdhary Mohammad Ramzan (JKNC), who also happens to be the Minister for CA&PD, J&K Govt.

Handwara is also known for its talent in cricket and at present there are three major cricket clubs operating viz Jamia Sports Club, Handwara Sports Cricket Club & Star Eleven Cricket Club.


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