Kishtwar is located at . It has an average elevation of 1638 metres (5374 feet).
Kishtwar,the upland valley in the north-east corner of Jammu region, lies ensconced among the picturesque folds of the Pir Panjal and the Great Himalayan Ranges.Shepherds or Bakkarwals move through the streets of the valley.
The area is drained by the Chenab river system which, flowing in from neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, enters the area through Paddar, home of the famous sapphire mines.
Paddar, Dacchan,Marwah, Wadwan and Cahtroo are major valleys of Kishtwar. It is along these valleys that the trans-Himalayan Trekking trails leading to the Suru and Zanskar valleys of Ladakh pass amidst breathtaking mountain sceneries.
Kishtwar town occupies a central plateau set amidst sylvan surroundings of forested hills. It is famous for the fine saffron grown here. Several waterfalls provide enchanting contrasts to the lush green landscape. The nearest of these is only 3 km away from the town and drops down from a height of over 700 m in a series of seven cascades. Other local attractions include the highly revered shrines of two Muslim Sufi saints to which thousands of devotees and pilgrims throng from far and wide.