|Elevation||201 m (659 ft)|
|• Common||Hindi, Punjabi, Bundeli, Sindhi|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Dabra (Hindi: डबरा) was also known as Padmapawaya in ancient times. Great poet Bhavabhuti  had received his education at Dabra (ancient time Padmapawaya). Dabra has a sugar producing factory and is almost equidistant from New Delhi and Bhopal. It is connected to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Agra, Mathura, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Haridwar, Chhapra, Gaya, Pune, Nasik, Jammu, Amritsar, Nagpur, Raigarh, Amritsar, Nanded Sahib, Allahabad, Ferozpur, Chindwara, Udaipur, Jaipur, Ajmer, Puri, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar and Bhubaneshwar through rail network. Gwalior and Jhansi are the two big cities located 42 km and 58 km away from Dabra respectively. It is the biggest municipality in Madhya Pradesh as of now and naturally very beautiful. Sind river is just 5 km away from Dabra. Sonagir, a famous jain pilgrimage and Datia another famous tourist place are located 15 km and 30 km from Dabra respectively. Other famous sites are Bamrouli Hanuman Temple (5 km from Dabra towards Jhansi), Jaurasi Hanuman Temple (25 km from Dabra towards Gwalior), Dhumeshwar Mahadev Temple (30 km from Dabra towards Narwar), tomb of peer baba at Tekanpur and Shri Dev temple located at Pichhore just 10 km away from Dabra (one of the ancient 300-year-old temple located in the vicinity of Dabra). One of the nine jewels of Akbar Abdul Fazal (on the behest of Jahangir by Vir Singh Deo, the raja of Orchha) was killed and has a tomb near Aantri village (30 km from Dabra towards Gwalior). Van Khandeshwar Mahadev Temple (2 km from Dabra towards Gwalior), Kale Baba Temple, Gayatri Temple and Thakur Baba Temple are another famous temples in or nearby Dabra. Annual fair held at Thakur Baba temple is very famous locally. Natives of Dabra are known for their politeness, truthfulness and amiability. Dabra city is also known for cascading landscape; in addition to its massive production of 'Dhaan' (Rice grain with chaff). Unity in diversity is one of the unique character of this town. Discrimination based on religion, region, language, caste, gender and education is rarely found in Dabra. In any festival, natives of Dabra participate in such a harmonious way, it can even be showcased as an example of national integration.
Dabra has schools for primary and secondary education (affiliated with CBSE/ICSE/MP Boards). Some of the notable institutes are Mangla Higher Secondary School, Daisy moral high Secondary school, Sant Kanwar Ram Higher Secondary School, Kidzee Preschool (a zee network school), Shining Scholars Public School, Daisy Moral Higher Secondary School, Dream India school, The Sangmaa School, Shri Guru Nanak Public Higher Secondary School, Nava Kanthi School, Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Deeksha Public School, D.A.V. Higher Secondary School, Vankhandeshwar Higher Secondary School,Dabra glory pulic school, Shri Ram school, ShriRam Bal Vihar, St. Peter's School, Vandematram Foundation School, Sanskar Public School, Mahatma Jyotirao Fooley Convent School, Balaji Public School, Bal Shrmik Vishesh Vidyalaya, Cambridge School, Global Public School, IPS (Adarsh) High Secondary School Dabra, India International Public School etc. Many students of these schools have been selected to institutes like IITs, IIITM Gwalior, NITs, GEC Jabalpur, MITS Gwalior, SGSITS Indore, SGS Medical College Mumbai, GRMC Medical College Gwalior, GMC Bhopal, MGM Indore, MAMC Delhi etc.
Dabra has also a polytechnic college for technical education and a government college for non-technical higher education named Vrindasahaye Government College and many private institutes such as Abhinav College, Neon College etc.
Dabra has a 100-bed Government Civil hospital and various private hospitals to serve health-related issues. Jagdeesh hospital merged with apollo spectra multispeciality is a leading hospital in providing medical facilities in Dabra.
Social work activities
Non Government Organizations such as Nirmal Chaaya Women Welfare Organization work in Dabra to uplift the unprivileged people. These NGO's are helping educate poor children through children development and welfare programs, scholarships to the needy children; provide basic necessary clothing, school supplies like uniforms, books and stationary etc. They also provide support alongside of the government programs to help pregnant women, old and helpless citizens.
Dabra is located at  It has an average elevation of 201 metres (659 feet)..
As of 2011[update], India census, Dabra had a population of 2,37,974. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Dabra has an average literacy rate of 57% : male literacy is 67% and, female literacy is 46%. In Dabra, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.