Doda district

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This article is about the district. For its eponymous headquarters, see Doda.
Location of Doda District within Jammu & Kashmir state
Location of Doda District within Jammu & Kashmir state
Coordinates: 33°08′45″N 75°32′52″E / 33.145733°N 75.547817°E / 33.145733; 75.547817Coordinates: 33°08′45″N 75°32′52″E / 33.145733°N 75.547817°E / 33.145733; 75.547817
Country India
State Jammu and Kashmir
Region Jammu region
Headquarters Doda
 • Total 2,306 km2 (890 sq mi)
Literacy 53.44 % (2011)

Doda is a district in eastern part of Jammu region of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The district consists of 8 blocks: Bhagwa, Assar, Doda, Gundana, Marmat, Bhaderwah, Gandoh (Bhalessa), and Thathri.[2]


According to the 2011 census Doda district has a population of 409,576,[3] roughly equal to the nation of Malta.[4] This gives it a ranking of 556th in India (out of a total of 640).[3] The district has a population density of 79 inhabitants per square kilometre (200/sq mi) .[3] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 27.89%.[3] Doda has a sex ratio of 922 females for every 1000 males,[3] and a literacy rate of 65.97%.[3] The district is Kashmiri speaking and Muslim majority, with Hindus constituting 40% of the population.[5]


Vernaculars include Kashmiri (the Main Language) and three folk languages viz. Sirazi, Gojari and Bhadrawahi, a Dogri-Kangri language spoken by about 53,000 people in Doda district, written in both the Arabic and Devanagari scripts.[6]


Administratively, the district with 406 villages, three being un-inhabited. Doda District has been divided in two Sub Divisions viz Doda, Bhaderwah. It has four Tehsils Doda, Bhaderwah, Thathri, Gandoh. There are 08 Rural Development Blocks comprising Bhaderwah, Ghat(Doda), Thathri, Gandoh, Bhagwah, Assar, Marmat and Gundana. The number of Panchyats is 232.[7]


Doda District has two assembly constituencies: Bhaderwah and Doda.[8]


  1. ^ Census of India 2011
  2. ^ Statement showing the number of blocks in respect of 22 Districts of Jammu and Kashmir State including newly Created Districts dated 2008-03-13, accessed 2008-08-30
  3. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Malta 408,333 July 2011 est. 
  5. ^ Sumantra Bose, Geography, Politics and the Fighters of Kashmir London School of Economics
  6. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bhadrawahi: A language of Pakistan". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Official webportal of Doda district". NIC Doda. Retrieved 2013-03-30. 
  8. ^ "ERO's and AERO's". Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 

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