List of districts in Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir is ruled by three countries namely Pakistan, China and India. Indian administrated Jammu and Kashmir consists of three divisions: Jammu, Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, and is further divided into 22 districts:[1] This excludes 78,114 km2 under the occupation of Pakistan, 5,180 km2 handed over by Pakistan to China and 37,555 km2 under the occupation of China in Ladakh district.[2]

Districts in Indian administrated J&K[edit]

The Siachen Glacier, although under Indian military control, does not lie under the administration of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Including all tributary glaciers, the Siachen Glacier system covers about 700 km2 (270 sq mi).According to TIME magazine, India gained more than 1,000 square miles (3,000 km2) of territory because of its military operations in Siachen.[3] In his memoirs, former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf states that Pakistan lost almost 900 square miles (2,300 km2) of territory that it claimed. The Indian army controls all of the 76 kilometres (47 mi) long Siachen Glacier and all of its tributary glaciers, as well as the three main passes of the Saltoro Ridge immediately west of the glacier—Sia La, Bilafond La, and Gyong La—thus holding onto the tactical advantage of high ground.[4][5][6][7] "Indians have been able to hold on to the tactical advantage of the high ground..... Most of India's many outposts are west of the Siachen Glacier along the Saltoro Range. In an academic study with detailed maps and satellite images, co-authored by brigadiers from both the Pakistani and Indian military, pages 16 and 27: "Since 1984, the Indian army has been in physical possession of most of the heights on the Saltoro Range west of the Siachen Glacier, while the Pakistan army has held posts at lower elevations of western slopes of the spurs emanating from the Saltoro ridgeline. The Indian army has secured its position on the ridgeline."The Pakistanis control the glacial valley just five kilometers southwest of Gyong La. The Pakistanis have been unable get up to the crest of the Saltoro Ridge, while the Indians cannot come down and abandon their strategic high posts.

Kishtwar, Ramban, Reasi, Samba, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Shopian are newly formed districts.[1][8][9]

Jammu division[edit]

(This is wrong statistics of population of Jammu region: for correct figures please visit the reference)[10]

Name of District Headquarters Area (km²) Population
2001 Census
2011 Census
Jammu District Jammu 3,097 1,343,756 1,526,406
Doda District Doda 11,691 320,256 409,576
Kishtwar District Kishtwar 190,843 231,037
Rajouri District Rajouri 2,630 483,284 619,266
Reasi District Reasi 268,441 314,714
Udhampur District Udhampur 4,550 475,068 555,357
Ramban District Ramban 180,830 283,313
Kathua District Kathua 2,651 550,084 615,711
Samba District Samba 245,016 318,611
Poonch District Poonch 1,674 372,613 476,820
Total 26,293 4,430,191 5,350,811

Kashmir valley division[edit]

(This is wrong statistics of the population of Jammu and Kashmir region)[11]

Name of District Headquarters Area (km²) Population
2001 Census
2011 Census
Srinagar District Srinagar 2,228 990,548 1,250,173
Anantnag District Anantnag 3,984 734,549 1,069,749
Kulgam District Kulgam 437,885 423,181
Pulwama District Pulwama 1,398 441,275 570,060
Shopian District Shopian 211,332 265,960
Budgam District Budgam 1,371 629,309 755,331
Ganderbal District Ganderbal 211,899 297,003
Bandipora District Bandipora 316,436 385,099
Baramulla District Baramulla 4,588 853,344 1,015,503
Kupwara District Kupwara 2,379 650,393 875,564
Total 15,948 5,476,970 6,907,623

Ladakh division[edit]

Name of District Headquarters Area (km²) Population
2001 Census
2011 Census
Kargil District Kargil 14,036 119,307 143,388
Leh District Leh 45,110 117,232 147,104
Total 59,146 236,539 290,492

Districts in Pakistani administrated J&K[edit]

120,849 km2. of area that is claimed by India and administered by Pakistan and China.[12] The following districts comprise Azad Jammu & Kashmir:[13][14]

Division District Area (km²) Population (2008) Headquarters
Mirpur Bhimber 1,516 301,633 Bhimber
Kotli 1,862 563,094 Kotli
Mirpur 1,010 333,482 Mirpur
Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad[15] 2,496 638,973 Muzaffarabad
Hattian ? ? Hattian Bala
Neelum[16] 3,621 106,778 Athmuqam
Poonch Poonch 855 411,035 Rawalakot[15]
Haveli 600 (est.) 150,000 (est.) Forward Kahuta[15]
Bagh 768 243,415 Bagh
Sudhnati 569 334,091 Pallandari
Azad Jammu & Kashmir Total' 10 districts 13,297 4,567,982 Muzaffarabad
Baltistan (As part of Ladakh Wazarat) Ghanche 9,400 88,366 Khaplu
Skardu 18,000 214,848 Skardu
Shigar 8,500 109,000 Shigar
Kharmang 5,500 188,000 Tolti
Gilgit (as part of Gilgit Wazarat) Gilgit 39,300 383,324 Gilgit
Diamir 10,936 131,925 Chilas
Ghizar 9,635 120,218 Gahkuch
Astore 8,657 71,666 Gorikot
Hunza-Nagar 20,057 112,450 Aliabad, Sikandarabad
Gilgit-Baltistan totals 9 districts 72,971 1,800,000 Gilgit

Districts in Chinese administrated J&K[edit]

  1. Shaksgam Valley- an area of nearly 5,180 km2 (2,000 sq mi)
  2. Aksai Chin - 37,555 square kilometres (14,500 sq mi)


  1. ^ a b "::Ministry of Home Affairs:: Department of Jammu & Kashmir Affairs". Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. ^ Indian Jammu and Kashmir 2011 census
  3. ^ The Himalayas War at the Top Of the World
  4. ^ See for perhaps the most detailed treatment of the geography of the conflict, including its early days, and under section "3." the current status of control of Gyong La, contrary to the oft-copied misstatement in the old error-plagued summary at
  5. ^ NOORANI, A.G. (Mar 10, 2006). "For the first time, the leaders of India and Pakistan seem close to finding a solution to the Kashmir problem.". A working paper on Kashmir. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bearak, Barry (May 23, 1999). "THE COLDEST WAR; Frozen in Fury on the Roof of the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  7. ^ Hakeem, Asad; Gurmeet Kanwal; Michael Vannoni; Gaurav Rajen (2007-09-01). "Demilitarization of the Siachen Conflict Zone" (PDF). Sandia Report. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  8. ^ 2011 census J&K
  9. ^ 2011 Census Figures of Jammu and Kashmir
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  12. ^ Census And You >> Area and Population
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  15. ^ a b c
  16. ^ Official website, Government of Azad Kashmir. "Facts and Figures". Archived from the original on 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2006-04-19. 

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