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Location map for Budgam District in Jammu & Kashmir state
|State||Jammu and Kashmir|
|• Total||1,370 km2 (530 sq mi)|
|• Density||537/km2 (1,390/sq mi)|
|• Official||Urdu Kashmiri|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||1.13250283 ♂/♀|
Budgam District is a district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. Created in 1979 with its headquarters at Budgam, it is one of the districts in Kashmir with a majority Muslim Shiite population.
Budgam district came into existence in 1979, prior to which it was part of Srinagar district. In former times, Budgam was a part of Baramulla district, when Srinagar itself was a constituent of the Anantnag district. It was then known as tehsil Sri Pratap. Historical records suggests that Budgam was also referred to as Pargana Deesu. According to the well-known chronicler Khawaja Azam Demari, the area was also known as Deedmarbag. Budgam District borders the districts of Baramullah and Srinagar in the north, Pulwama in the south and Poonch in the south west. It consists of eight blocks: Beerwah, Nagam, Budgam, B.K.Pora, Khan Sahib, Khag, Narbal and Chadoora. Each block consists of a number of panchayats. The district is subdivided into the five tehsils of Charari Sharief Tehsil, Beerwah Tehsil, Budgam Tehsil, Chadoora Tehsil, and Khansahib Tehsil.
According to the 2011 census Badgam district has a population of 735,753, roughly equal to the nation of Guyana or the US state of Alaska, making it 494th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 537 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,390/sq mi) . Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.18%. Badgam has a sex ratio of 883 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 57.98%., an increase from 39.54% in 2001. This is attributed to educational institutions in the district. There are 98 schools in Budgam, both private and public, 33 of which are Higher Secondary Schools.The main school which has contributed a lot in increasing the literacy rate of Budgam District since 1990 is R.M.P. Higher Secondary School Budgam Kashmir which is one of the Leading, Renowned and Reputed Higher Secondary School in the Kashmir Valley. RMP HSS Budgam has contributed a lot in increasing the literacy rate of Budgam district since 1990, and finally, it has achieved its mission by producing I.A.S. Officers, Doctors, Engineers, Journalists, Lawyers and Successful Entrepreneurs. The school is providing quality education from Nursery to 12th class having all streams Medical, Non-Medical, Arts and Commerce. RMP Higher Secondary School Budgam has shown 100% results since its establishment. It was established in 1990 by the renowned personality Mr. Noor Mohammad Wani (M.Sc Mathematics). He has contributed a lot in developing the budgam district since 1990. He has won so many International and National Awards. One of the Prestigious Award given by the then Chief Minister of J&K State, Jenab Ghulam Nabi Azad,in the year 2006 "Gandhian Award 2006" to Mr Noor Mohammad Wani at S.K.I.C.C. Srinagar (J&K). R.M.P. Higher Secondary School Budgam Kashmir is one of the Best School in J&K State. It has always shown outstanding performance. Maximum toppers are always from RMP HSS Budgam in J&K BOSE Exams. Budgam has one government degree college, near Paller Village.Budgam is of one of backward districts in kashmir till date because some political issues.Budgam is district is also known to its great Muslim preachers as:Baba-Hanif-Ud-Din,locally the graveyard is known as "Baba sabin Ziyarath" which is situated at the most beautiful mountain which ends up in Rathsun,a small cute village.The people of Rathsun are very kind,as from the old times.Magam is one of the main town in bugam right now,because it is at the approximately at centre of the distrct budgam.
Budgam contains the only airport in Kashmir valley. The district's main tourist attractions are Doodhpathri, Yusmarg, Tosamaidan, Nilnag, Mt Tatakuti, and Pehjan.District Budgam offers many stunning locales and has tremendous tourism potential that has largely remained untapped so far. The attractive places that can be visited are Doodpather, Yousmarg, Tosmaidan, Nilnag and Khag. Kani shawl adomed the caesar's court and was looked upon by Mughals and later by Nawabs as mark of nobility. In 1776 Napoleon presented a Kani shawl to his wife Josephine and with that took off a new fashion trend in Europe The revered shrine of Sheikh Noor-ud-din Wali can also be found in the Charari Sharief Tehsil of Budgam district.Worlds biggest chinar is in District Budam (Chatergam)
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-  List of places in Badgam