Chakia, Uttar Pradesh
|Elevation||78 m (256 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Chakia is located at  The town has an average elevation of 78 metres (255 feet). In its jurisdiction, Chakia has Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, which is nestled in the hills of Vindhyas. The Sanctuary is approximately 70 kilometers south from the holy city of Varanasi..
Chakia at a Glance
In British India Chakia was part of the Banaras State, and was one of the tehsils of Mirzapur district. Chakia stretches from Gangetic plains to center of Vindhya plateau. The greater part of the tehsil lies on the Vindhya plateau. The economy of the region is agrarian, and the northern part of the tehsil is fertile which primarily produces rice and wheat. The vast expanse of the plateau consists of forests, dams, rivers and hills most of which forms the Chandra Prabha Sanctuary. Karamnasa, Chandraprabha and Garai rivers drain the tehsil.
As of 2001[update] India census, Chakia had a population of 13,667. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Chakia has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 61.4%; with male literacy of 68% and female literacy of 50%. 18% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Latif-Shah Dam- One of the oldest dams in India, Latif-Shah dam was completed in 1921; it is built on the river Karm-nasha. The reservoir created by the dam is used mainly for irrigation and human consumption. Kali Temple- The temple devoted to goddess Kali was built by the King of Banaras State in the 16th century. The temple campus includes a large pond. Maharaja Quila- A small fort built by King Balwant Singh of the Banaras State to rest here during his hunting trips. Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary - The sanctuary is famous for its wildlife and two waterfalls, Raj Dari and Dev Dari, and a reservoir. Mushakhad Dam- Another dam built on the river Karm-nasha. The reservoir created by this dam is also used mainly for irrigation and human consumption. Jageshwarnath Temple - The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, situated on the banks of river Chandra-Prabha.
The nearest railway station from Chakia is Mughal Sarai, approximately 29 km from here. The nearest airport is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport near Varanasi. Bus service is available to major nearby towns (including Varanasi, Sonbhadra, and Chandauli).
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