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Hamirpur District

Hamirpur, with an area of around 4,000 sq km and population of 10.5 lakhs (Census 2001), is among India's least urbanised and industrialised districts.

Till recently the district included a southern hilly and forested portion that has been made into a separate district called Mahoba.

Hamirpur town, which  has a population of less than 35,000, stands on a tongue of land near the confluence of the Betwa and Yamuna rivers.  It is well connected by road to Kanpur, 60 km away, and by rail to Kanpur and Banda.

According to tradition, the town was founded in the 11th century by one Hamir Deo, a Rajput from Alwar.

Most of Hamirpur district is a treeless alluvial plain through which the Yamuna, Betwa, Dhasan, Ken rivers and numerous tributaries flow in tortuous routes. The rivers cause extensive soil erosion and formation of ravines.

Among the few non-agricultural products of note from the district is soapstone, used to make vessels, dishes and object d art, mined at a village called Gorahri.

Hamirpur is one of the districts of UP where Krishi Gyan Kendras to train farmers in different aspects of crop production and livestock management have been set up by the Kanpur-based Chandrashekhar Azad University of Agriculture (founded 1893), a premier institution of agricultural research and education.  

Rath (pop. around 56,000) is the largest town in the district.

| Jhansi | Lalitpur | Datia | Jalaun | Hamirpur | Mahoba | Banda | Chitrakoot | Panna | Chhatarpur | Tikamgarh | Damoh | Sagar |

 
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