|• Type||Municipal Council|
|• Body||Balaghat Municipal Council|
|Elevation||288 m (945 ft)|
|• Total||84,261 (UA) 93,313|
|• Official||1)Hindi (Primary)
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-MP|
Balaghat is a city and a municipality in Balaghat district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Balaghat District. The town was originally called "Burha" or "बूढा", but this name was replaced by "Balaghat", which was originally the name of the district only. Balaghat means "above the ghats or passes."
Balaghat is located at  It has an average elevation of 288 metres (944 feet)..
This is separated in north by Bamhni Banjar valley from Mandla and Dindori Districts, in the east by Maikal range from Chhattisgarh i.e. Rajnandgaon, Durg and Kabirdham districts, in the west from Seoni District and separated in south by Bagh river and Wainganga River from Gondia, Bhandara and Nagpur districts.
As of 2011[update] India census, Balaghat had a population of 84,216. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. A river, Wainganga flows beside the town.
Balaghat district occupies a pride place on the mineral map of India. About 80% of the Manganese production of the country comes from Balaghat. The recent discovery of Copper deposit at Malajkhand is regarded as the largest in the country. Over and above this Bauxite, Kyanite and Lime-stone are the other main minerals of the district.The Manganese is mined under Manganese Ore India ltd (MOIL) while copper under Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL).Balaghat lies on the manganese nod of triangular formation of Balaghat-Nagpur-Raipur. It is served by Balaghat Junction railway station
The district is very rich in forest wealth. About 52% of the area is covered with forest. Teak, sal, bamboo and saja are the main trees. Almost 25 years ago the district was nicknamed as "Hunters Paradise". The district is still proud of its varied fauna consisting of tigers, leopard, bear, neel-gai, deer and bison on one side and birds like peacock, red bulbul and koyal on the other.
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