Kathua is one of the districts of Jammu and Kashmir. The district of Kathua is bound by Pakistan in the south- west, Udhampur in the north- west, Jammu in the west, Doda in the north, Himachal Pradesh in the north- east and Punjab in the south- east.
The total area covered by the Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir is 2651 sq km. The total population of the district is about 5.44 lakhs. There are five assembly constituencies, four tehsils and nine blocks here. The annual rainfall is approximately 1672 mm. Kathua is the largest town of the district and is about 88 km away from Jammu, the winter capital of the state.
It is believed that a famous Rajput, Jodh Singh of the Andotra clan migrated here about 2000 years ago from Hastinapur and settled down here. Later, his three sons established three hamlets known as Taraf Tajwal, Taraf Bhajwal and Taraf Manjali and the conglomeration of these hamlets were locally termed as Kathai.
Over time, it came to be known as Kathua. Basohli, a famous town in the district of Kathua is known for its paintings. The stylish and unconventional paintings of Basohli are famous for being bold, vigorous and vividly rich in imagination and have received mention from the Archaeological Survey of India.
The official language of Kathua is Urdu. The most widely spoken languages are Dogri and Pahari but the most used medium of instruction is English, Urdu and Hindi. The district of Kathua is one of the most beautiful destinations of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In this district of Jammu and Kashmir there are many places of tourist interest. The most popular tourist destinations are Bani, Chandel, Bansal etc. River Sewa flows through the town of Bani which is known for its waterfalls, pastures and lush green forests.
The district of Kathua has religious shrines dedicated to Dhoula Wali Mata and Jodia Di Mata. A large number of pilgrims from all over India visit these shrines every year. Kathua, due to its nearness to the border with Pakistan has a considerable presence of the Indian army.