Though there is no detailed and fully documented history of Kathua district. It is believed that One Jodh Singh a famous Rajput of Andotra clan migrated from HASTINAPUR to KATHUA nearly 2000 years ago and settled here. The three Hamlets of Taraf Tajwal, Taraf Manjali and Taraf Bhajwal were established by his three sons Viz. Teju, Kindal and Bhaju. Their descendent are now called as Tajwalia, Bhajwalia and Khanwalia Rajputs of Andotra sub-caste. The conglomeration of these three hamlets was loosely called “KATHAI” in earlier times which with the passage of time came to be called as KATHUA
Kathua is distrit HQ. The town offers a fast blend of the past and present and fast developing on modern lines. The town is also on the path of industrilization and is presently next only to Jammu & Srinagar cities. The biggest Industrial unit is CHENAB TEXTILES MILLS (A BIRLA GROUP).