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Dahod, on the banks of river Dudhimati, is a town-city in Dahod District within the State of Gujarat, India. The city serves as District Headquarters for Dahod District. It is approximately 200 km away from Ahmedabad and 150 km away from Vadodara. It is also known as Dohad (meaning "two boundaries", as the States of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh border the town). Dahod is a model town in Gujarat. It is the birthplace of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb was born in the fort of Dahod in 1618, during the reign of Jehangir. Emperor Aurangzeb was said to have ordered his ministers to favour this town, as it was his birthplace. Tatya Tope, the freedom fighter, is known to have absconded in Dahod. He is believed to have lived his last days in this region.
It was previously within the boundaries of the Panchmahal District. The area of Godi Road, Godhra Road has been considerably developed, making the overall residence and commercial area very expansive. Urban Bank Hospital is situated here. The foundation stone for a Dental College has been recently laid by the trust of philanthropist Girdharlal Sheth.[when?]
At the 2001 census, Dahod had a population of 791,685. Males constituted 52% of the population and females 48%. Dahod had an average literacy rate of 45.65%, lower than the national average of 59.5%.
Dahod town has many educational institutions like [http://ststephensschooldahod.in/ St.Stephen's higher secondary school, Government Engineering College], Government Polytechnic, M.Y. High School, Little Flowers School and Jamali English School, Burhani English Medium School R.L pandya high school, Hindi higher secondary school, Hindi Primary School freelandgunj Sunrise public school among others.
Kendriya vidyalaya Dahod (CBSE board based) school.
Sunrise public school offers both English and Gujarati medium facilities.
Ratlami Sev Bhandar' Maruti Sweets' and laxmi sweets & snacks @ glk tower are some of the example of successful food entrepreneurship.
Recently Chatkaz also introduced in dahod and working as OPEN at GLK tower (known as Laxmi tower) .It is first and Only Food chain franchiese in Dahod up to date.
Health and real estate
Dahod is also a medical hub for the surrounding areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Dahod hosts some non profit Health centers like Urbank Bank hospital, Anjuman Trust, and Government Hospital. Drashtri Netralay is one of the important and famous eye clinics which works as a non profit and holds the staff of 20+ eye specialists. A Diploma in Optometry course is also provided in the same campus.
During recent years real estate in Dahod has increased in value considerably.
Arts and Authors
The town's Najmi Masjeed mosque, inaugurated in 2002, is one of the largest mosques in the Dawoodi Bohra community. Sachin Desai write Gujarati book on Dahod. One is 'દાહોદ ડોટ કોમ' & 2nd is 'atit na ovare, vikas na pagthare dahod'. Sachin Desai also wrote weekly column Dokiyu for the last 24 years. Sachin Deasi & Mr. Gopi seth is also served by managing a website from 1995–'96. They both gave daily updates of Dahod to more than 40,000 Dahodian's via Dahod Google Group. Dahod Online is another Internet attempt by youth of Dahod.
- Mumbai-Amritsar (via N.Delhi) Golden Temple Mail
- Mumbai-Amritsar (via N.Delhi) Paschim Express
- Mumbai-Jaipur Superfast Express
- Dahod Habibgunj (Bhopal) Express
- Veraval Jabalpur Express
- Shanti Express (Indore - Ahmedabad)
- Avantika Express
- Mumbai-Gorakhpur (via Kanpur, Lucknow) Avadh Express
It is also very well connected by road and is situated on the arterial road connecting Ahemadabad–Vadodra to Indore. There is a helipad in Dahod.
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.