Chakia, Uttar Pradesh

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Chakia
city
Chakia is located in Uttar Pradesh
Chakia
Chakia
Chakia is located in India
Chakia
Chakia
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India[1]
Coordinates: 25°03′N 83°13′E / 25.05°N 83.22°E / 25.05; 83.22Coordinates: 25°03′N 83°13′E / 25.05°N 83.22°E / 25.05; 83.22
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Chandauli
Elevation 78 m (256 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 13,667
Languages
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration UP
Website up.gov.in

Chakia (sometimes written as Chakiya) (Devanagari:चकिया) is a nagar panchayat, and the sub-divisional headquarters of Chakia tehsil in Chandauli district of Varanasi Division in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Geography[edit]

The town has an average elevation of 78 metres (256 ft).

Chakia has Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary, in the hills of Vindhyas. The Sanctuary is approximately 50 kilometers south from Varanasi.

The plateau consists of forests, dams, rivers and hills most of which form the Chandra Prabha Sanctuary. Karamnasa, Chandraprabha and Garai rivers drain the tehsil.

History[edit]

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 the center of Vindhyas plateau. A good part of the tehsil lies on the Vindhya plateau.

Economy[edit]

The economy of the region is largely agricultural.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[2] According to the Government of India (2011 census), the Chakia Nagar Panchayat had a population of 17,356 of which 9,050 were males and 8,306 were females.

Population of children aged 0-6 years was 2,440 which is 14.06 % of total population of the Nagar Panchayat. Sex ratio was 918 females per 1,000 males against state average of 912 females per 1,000 males. Moreover Child sex ratio in Chakia was around 883:1,000 compared to Uttar Pradesh's average of 902:1,000. Literacy rate of was 75.90 % higher than state average of 67.68 %. In Chakia, male literacy was around 81.43 % while female literacy rate was 69.91 %.

Sights[edit]

  • Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary— The sanctuary is famous for its wildlife and two waterfalls, Raj Dari and Dev Dari, and a reservoir
  • Latif-Shah Dam— One of the oldest dams in India, Latif-Shah 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 Banaras State to rest during hunting trips.
  • Mushakhad Dam— Another dam on Karm-nasha. The reservoir created by this dam is used mainly for irrigation and human consumption.
  • Jageshwarnath Temple— The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, situated on the banks of river Chandra-Prabha.

Transportation[edit]

The nearest railway station from Chakia is Mughal Sarai, approximately 29 km away. 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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