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Dahod, on the banks of river Dudhimati, is a small city in Dahod District in 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 borders of the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are nearby). 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 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 was recently laid by the trust of philanthropist Girdharlal Sheth.[when?]
As per the 2011 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 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 are some of the example of successful food entrepreneurship. Recently Chatkaz opened in, the first food franchise in Dahod.
Health and real estate
Dahod is also a medical hub for Gujarat, and surrounding areas of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Dahod hosts some non-profit health centers like Urban Bank hospital, Anjuman Trust, and Government Hospital. Drashtri Netralaya is a famous non-profit eye clinic with a staff of 20+ specialists. It also offers a Diploma in Optometry course.
In recent years, the 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 wrote Gujarati books about Dahod: 'દાહોદ ડોટ કોમ' and 'Atit na ovare, vikas na pagthare Dahod'. He also wrote weekly column a Dokiyu from last 24 years. Sachin Desai & Gopi Sheth have also managed a Gujarati news website, founded in 1995–'96. They both give daily updates of Dahod to more than 45,000 residents via Dahod Google Group. Dahod Online is another website, created 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 situated on the arterial road connecting Ahmedabad and Vadodara 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.