The land of Saffron, Sapphire, and Shrines has derived its name from Kishat Rishi who had stayed here. It is a beautiful district of the Jammu region and less populated. Nestled at the Chenab River which flows through it and joined by other tributaries like Marvisudar, Fambar, Chingam Nallah which meets at the confluence near Bhandarkoot. Paddar at Kisthwar has the most scenic mountain landscape with little explored Warwan Valley and Marwah Valley which are unique and located en route to Marusudhar River making it a spectacular sight. The area is also famous for its high passes like Sinthan pass which falls on the highway between Kisthwar and Anantnag. Warwan is one of the top trekking destination with varied landscapes. Saffron of purest quality is produced in the iron-rich soil at Pochhal, Matta, Lachdayaram, and Hidyal.

Kisthwar National Park has a large number of peaks and glaciers and endowed with dense forests of deodar, pine, and fir. Some of the prominent shrines of the region are Sufi saint Shah Abdal sahib and Shah Muhammad Farid-ud-Din Sahib Baghdadi and some temples here are Athara Bhuja Devi temple, Chandi Mata temple, and Asthadash bhuja Sathal Mata Temple.