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|Union territory||Jammu and Kashmir|
|Elevation||1,638 m (5,374 ft)|
|• Spoken||Kashmiri is spoken by Muslims.|
Kishtwari, a dielect of Kashmiri, is spoken by Hindus.
Bhoti is another local dialect
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Kishtwar is first referred to in the Rajatarangini by the ancient name Kashthavata. during the reign of Raja Kalsa of Kashmir (1063–1089), when "Uttamaraja", the ruler of Kashthavata visited the court of the Kashmir King in company with several other hill chiefs to pay their respects to the Raja.
Kishtwar merged with the State of Jammu and Kashmir in 1821, A.D. With the passage of time Kishtwar became a Tehsil of the Udhampur district and remained so until 1948, when it became part of the newly created District Doda in the wake of first re-organization of the state during the post-independence period.
As of 2011[update] India census Kishtwar had a population of 14,865. Males constitute 63% of the population and females 37%. Kishtwar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the Indian national average: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 42%. In Kishtwar, 11% of the population is under six years of age. The main language spoken here by the Muslims is [[Kashmiri]] and local Hindus of Kishtwar speak a local dialect of Kashmiri language called [[Kashtwari]]. The dominant religion in Kishtwar is Islam with 69.21% population Muslims following Hinduism with second largest religion with 29.59% as Hindus.