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Dhule
धुळे
City
Oldest Vitthal-Rukmini Temple in City
Oldest Vitthal-Rukmini Temple in City
Dhule is located in Maharashtra
Dhule
Dhule
Location of Dhule City in Maharashtra state
Coordinates: 20°53′59″N 74°46′11″E / 20.89972°N 74.76972°E / 20.89972; 74.76972Coordinates: 20°53′59″N 74°46′11″E / 20.89972°N 74.76972°E / 20.89972; 74.76972
Country India India
State Maharashtra
Region Khandesh (North Maharashtra)
Division Nashik
District Dhule District
Talukas Dhule
Government
 • District Collector Mr. Annasaheb Misal (IAS)
 • Superintendent of Police Mr. S. Chaitanya (IPS)
 • Commissioner Mrs. Sangeeta Dhaygude
 • Mayor Mrs. Kalpana Mahale
Area
 • Total 124 km2 (48 sq mi)
Elevation 319 m (1,047 ft)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 560,593
 • Rank 14 (Maharashtra)
 • Density 4,500/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dhulekar
Languages
 • Official Marathi, Ahirani, Hindi
 • Local Ahirani
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 42400x
Telephone code +91 2562
ISO 3166 code [[ISO 3166-2:IN|]]
Vehicle registration MH-18
Sex ratio 52/48 /
Climate Aw (Köppen)
Avg. summer temperature 44 °C (111 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 20 °C (68 °F)
Website www.dhule.nic.in
Also Known as Dhulia

Dhule is a city and a municipal corporation in Dhule District in the northwestern part of Maharashtra state, India. It is one of the very few well-planned cities in India. Dhule is widely known across the country for its architecture and urban design. The town planning of this city was done by Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.

Dhule is largely emerging as one of the biggest upcoming hubs of textile, edible oil, and power-loom across the state and has gained a strategic advantage for being on the junction of three National Highways viz. NH-3, NH-6, and NH-211 and on most anticipated Manmad - Indore Rail Project. Central Government has granted permission recently for converting NH-3 from existing four lanes to six lanes between Dhule and Nashik with modern facilities.[2][3]

Dhule city is also a part of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project, India's most ambitious infrastructure program, aiming to develop new industrial cities as 'Smart Cities' and converging next generation technologies across infrastructure sectors.[4][5] Dhule city is well known across the state for its quality education institutes.[6]

Geography[edit]

Dhule is located at 20°54′N 74°47′E / 20.9°N 74.78°E / 20.9; 74.78.[7] It has an average elevation of 250 metres (787 feet). Dhule lies in the Khandesh region, which forms the northwest corner of the Deccan Plateau.

The Dhule district is bordered in the west by the Gujarat State and in the north by Madhya Pradesh along with Nandurbar district, and in the south and east by Nashik district and Jalgaon district respectively. It is situated in a valley of the Tapi River along the banks of the Panzara River. The Devi Ekveera (Goddess Ekveera) being regarded as a Gramadevata of the city and her temple is situated on the banks of the Panzara River.

Throughout the district the neem trees have been planted as avenue trees on roadsides. Less common is the tamarind, peepal, babul, and other types of trees. In the urban area of the district around 50% population is agriculturalists and agricultural labors, whereas in the rural area more than 95% population is agriculturalists and agricultural labors.

This region consists of residual hills and dykes of poor dry and stony soils intervened by well watered valleys of the eastward trending upper courses of streams with somewhat better soils and intense agricultural activity based on canal and well irrigation. This region is one of the few regions in Maharashtra with well developed canal irrigation even in Pre-British times, probably on account of the rivers flowing in a region of light soils derived from the slow weathering of the dykes. The soils of Tapi valley region are extremely fertile except in some portions near the main river and its tributaries.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Dhule
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
32
(90)
36
(97)
38
(100)
39
(102)
34
(93)
30
(86)
29
(84)
30
(86)
32
(90)
30
(86)
28
(82)
32.3
(90)
Average low °C (°F) 12
(54)
14
(57)
19
(66)
22
(72)
25
(77)
24
(75)
22
(72)
21
(70)
21
(70)
19
(66)
15
(59)
12
(54)
18.8
(66)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 33.33
(1.3122)
2.1
(0.083)
3.3
(0.13)
3.5
(0.138)
4.4
(0.173)
114.2
(4.496)
115.6
(4.551)
119.6
(4.709)
121.6
(4.787)
60.8
(2.394)
10.7
(0.421)
6.5
(0.256)
595.63
(23.4502)
Source: Dhule Weather

The climate of the district is on the whole dry except during the south-west monsoon season. The year may be divided into four seasons. The cold season from December to February is followed by the hot season from March to May. The south-west monsoon season which follows thereafter, lasts till September. October and November constitute the post-monsoon season.

The average annual rainfall in the district is 674.0 mm. The rainfall is heavier in the hilly regions of the Western Ghats mountain range and the Satpura ranges. From about the latter half of February, temperatures increase steadily till May which is the hottest part of the year with the mean daily maximum temperature at 40.7 degrees Celsius.

From November, both day and night temperatures drop rapidly till January which is the coldest month with the mean daily minimum at 16.2 degree Celsius. Except during the south-west monsoon season when the humidity is above 70 per cent, the air is rather dry over the district during the rest of the year.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Dhule had a population of 376,093. At the 2001 census, males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Dhule has an average literacy rate of 85%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80% and, female literacy is 69%. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

History[edit]

Until the beginning of the 19th century, Dhule was an insignificant village, subordinate to Laling, the capital of the Laling or Fatehabad Subdivision. Under the rule of the Nizam, Laling was incorporated with the District of Daulatabad. The town passed successively through the hands of the Arab kings, the Mughals, and the Nizam, and into the power of the Peshwas about 1795. In 1803, it was completely deserted by its inhabitants on account of the ravages of Holkar and the terrible famine of that year. In the following year, Balaji Balwant, a dependant of the Vinchurkar, to whom the parganas of Laling and Songir had been granted by the Peshwa, repeopled the town, and received from the Vinchurkar, in return for his services, a grant of inam land and other privileges. He was subsequently entrusted with the entire management of the territory of Songir and Laling, and fixed his headquarters at Dhule, where he continued to exercise authority till the occupation of the country by the British in 1818. Dhule was immediately chosen as the headquarters of the newly formed District of Khandesh by Captain John Briggs. In January 1819, he obtained sanction for building public offices for the transaction of revenue and judicial business. Artificers were brought from distant places, and the buildings were erected at a total cost of £2700. Every encouragement was offered to traders and others to settle in the new town. Building sites were granted rent free in perpetuity, and advances were made both to the old inhabitants and strangers to enable them to erect substantial houses. At this time, Captain Briggs described Dhule as a small town, surrounded by garden cultivation, and shut in between an irrigation channel and the river. The town was located on the southern bank of the Panzara River with an area of about one square mile. In 1819, the population numbered only 2509 persons, living in 401 houses. In 1863, there were 10,000 inhabitants; while by 1872 the number had further increased to 12,489, with 2620 houses. From the date of its occupation by the British, the progress of Dhule had been steady. Towards the end of the 19th century the town had already become significant trading centre due to the trade in cotton and linseed. Coarse cotton, woolen cloths and turbans were manufactured for local use around this time. In 1872, Dhule was visited by a severe flood, which did much damage to houses and property.[8][9]

Dhule was a cantonment town, and in year 1881 had two hospitals, telegraph and post offices. In 1873-74 there were four Government schools, with 551 pupils. Historically, the town has been divided into New and Old Dhule. In the latter, the houses were irregularly built, the majority being of a very humble description.[8][9]

Education[edit]

Dhule city is renowned for its educational heritage. Dhule hosts a big number of educational institutes. Following table names a few of them:

Type Names
Schools
  1. Raje Chhatrapati Sambhaji Vidyalaya Dhule

2. Chavara Vidyaniketan, Chavara English Medium School and Chavara High School ( SSC + CBSE ) 3. Holy Child English School
4. Garud High School
5. Podar International School
6. Swami Teunram High School
7. Sadhvi Preeti Sudhaji Model School
8. NSB Day School

9. J.R. City High School
10. Maharana Pratap High School
11. K. S. K. New City High School
12. Shree Ekvira Devi Madyamic High School
13. R. K. Chitale Madhyamik Vidhyalay
14. Unnati Madhyamik Vidhyalay
15. Jai Hind High School
16. Rajeev Gandhi Madhyamik Vidyalay
17. Kamalabai Shankarlal Kanya Shala
18. Jijamata Kanya High School
19. L.M. Sardar Urdu High School & Jr. College
20. Haji Badlu Sardar High School
21. St. Xavier's Canossa Convent School
22. Canossa Convent High School
23. New City High School
24. S.T.T.K Mahajan High School
25. R.R. Padvi Nutan High School & Jr. College
26. North Point High School
27. Swami Teuram High School
28. Agrasen Maharaj High School
29. Navjeewan English Medium School
30. Sindhuratna Sanstha's English School
31. Little Angels Nursery
32. Sant Shri Asharamji Gurukul />st.anns
33. WKDSPM's Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar High School
34. Nanasaheb Z.B. Patil High School, Deopur Dhule.

Colleges Jai Hind Junior College of Arts, Commerce and Science

Z.B. Patil College, Dhule (Formerly, Jai Hind College Of Arts, Science & Commerce)
SSVPS's College

NIT ( Nikam Institute Of Technology )
L.M. Sardar Urdu Jr. College
Vidya Vardhini College
Palesha College of Commerce
Institute of Management Education (Palesha Campus)
Sanmati Educational Trust's Institute of Information Technology, Deopur, Dhule
WKDSPM's Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial College of Law, Dhule

Engineering Colleges SSVPS College of Engineering and Polytechnic
SES College of Engineering
Gangamai College of Engineering
Government Polytechnic
Industrial Training of institute
Mukesh Patel Technology Park - Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Shirpur Campus)
Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering
School of Pharmacy & Technology Management
Medical Colleges Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College, Dhule
JMF's ACPM Medical College
JMF's ACPM Dental College
Others College of Agriculture, Dhule
SSVPS's Lalit Kala Mahavidhyalay [Fine Art College]
Annasaheb Ramesh Ajmera College of Pharmacy
KMRC's Bss Community College
Institute For Education, Training and Research, Dhule
Sports
District Sports Office, Dhule

Government Hospital[edit]

Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College was founded in 1989. Earlier hospital of Medical College was sub-merged with that of District Civil Hospital. However, since it was leading to several conflicts amongst staff of respective departments, Department of Medical Education decided to venture out itself from District Civil Hospital and erected its new building with state of the art medical facilities at Chakkar Bardi area of the city; around 8 km away from city alongside NH-6 with total capacity of 500 beds and have shifted with effect from 14.03.2016.

At the old site in city, New Civil Hospital with total capacity of 200 to 250 beds is proposed. MSRTC has resumed city-bus service connecting Central Bus Stand to Chakkar Bardi, so as to avoid any inconvenience to public.[10][11]

Industries and Economy of the City[edit]

Oil cake, edible oil, fatty acids, ropes are the most exported products from the city. Dhule is emerging as one of the biggest edible oil, power-loom, and a textile clusters in the state. There are various agro, forest, plastic, chemical, and oil based industries in MIDC.

It is expected that the growth of MSMEs will boost up in and around Dhule District due to its connectivity to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC).

Dhule is well known for purest ‘milk-ghee’ production, maximum cultivable land, and production of groundnut, foremost in agro-based industries, leader in wind power generation.[12]

Knitting units of durries and blankets are located all over the district. Agro-based industries like Daal mills, ginning and pressing are also flourishing in the district. Raw materials for paper mills, cotton mills and readymade garment industry are also available from this region.

Groundnut is the district’s main crop. The district is also a major producer of ground nut, leading in the State in groundnut production. Sorghum, Spiked Millet, Sesame, Cotton, green gram are also cultivated in the district. Fruits like Banana, Guava, Papaya and melon are also cultivated.

There are co-operative sugar mills at Bhadane, Sakri Taluka (Panzarkana Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana), at Shivajinagar in Shirpur Taluka (Shirpur Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana) and at Vikhurle (Dondaicha) in Shindkheda Taluka (Shindkheda Taluka Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana).

Milk and milk products are the other major agricultural produce of the district. Milk chilling centres are located at Dhule City, Shirpur, and Nardana.

Dondaicha in Shindkheda taluka is famous for the chilly market. There is also a Starch factory here. Many cottage industries are operational in the district. Beedi rolling, pottery, brick making, knitting saris on handlooms, oil extraction from ground nut and sesame are few of them. Wood cutting units are operated at Dhule, Shirpur and Pimpalner.[13]

Aagra road is the main street in the city where many important businesses/shops are located. Paach-Kandil is the main wholesale market for fruits and vegetables. Pat-bazaar is another old vegetable market near an old canal (in Marathi canal is called Pat).

Suzlon Energy, which is world's fifth largest wind power companies, is developing a wind park site near Dhule. It is spread across a vast, undulating expanse. At 1,000 MW Suzlon’s Dhule wind park will be one of the largest installed facilities for the generation of wind power in the world.

Safexpress Ultra-Modern & Hi-Tech Logistics Park in Dhule City spanning over an area of 12,50,000 sq feet. This logistics park has a column-less span of over 131 feet and enables loading and unloading of over 108 vehicles simultaneously.

Being centrally located on about to complete Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC), Safexpress has established India's largest Logistics Park in the outskirts of Dhule City on National Highway No. 6.[14][15]

Node- 17 of DMIC:

Dhule-Nardana Investment Region (DNIR):

Under proposed DMIC, high impact/ market driven nodes- integrated Investment Region (IRs) and Industrial Areas (IAs) have been identified within the corridor to provide transparent and investment friendly facility regimes. These regions are proposed to be self-sustained industrial townships with world-class infrastructure, road, and rail connectivity for freight movement to and from ports and logistics hubs, served by domestic/ international air connectivity, reliable power, quality social infrastructure, and provide a globally competitive environment conducive for setting up businesses.

An Investment Region (IR) would be a specifically delineated industrial region with a minimum area of over 200 square kilometres (20,000 hectares), while an Industrial Area (IA) would be developed with a minimum area of over 100 square kilometres (10,000 hectares). 24 such nodes- 11 IRs and 13 IAs spanning across six states have been identified after wide consultations with the stakeholders i.e. the State Governments and the concerned Central Ministries.

One of the proposed Investment Region (IR) under Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project (DMIC) is "Dhule- Nardana Investment Region (DNIR)" which would be located close to the intersection of three national highways namely NH-3 (Mumbai-Agra), NH-6 (Surat-Kolkata), and NH-211 (Dhule-Solapur).

As this region is strategically located with respect to connectivity with ports and hinterland. Government of Maharashtra has proposed development of Textile Park at Nardana, over 600 Ha of land parcel.

With an abundant supply of raw materials and human resources, this region is also strategically located for the manufacturing of textile products. It is important to note that though this region has good potential in textile/ agro-processing industries, this region has been so far unattractive to industrial investments because of drought proneness of the region and absence of requisite irrigation infrastructure in the region resulting in unemployment.

As part of the successful development of the region under DMIC, there is a need to focus on ensuring requisite irrigation infrastructure for ensuring availability of water throughout the year.

Reasons for selecting Dhule- Nardana Investment Region (DNIR):

  • Being located close to the intersection of NH-6, NH-3 and NH-211, this region enjoys advantage of excellent connectivity to ports and hinterland.
  • With abundant supply of raw materials and human resources, this region has wide potential for setting up of manufacturing units for textile products.
  • Dhule Airport is also located close to the proposed region.
  • This region is served by the major rive basin formed by Tapi River[16][17][18]

Keep apart proposed DNIR, snapshot of existing Dhule M.I.D.C. is as under:[19]

1) Dhule Industrial Area:

M.I.D.C. has planned to develop an industrial area on 400.35 Hect. of land. About 278.08 Hect. of land has come into possession of MIDC. MIDC has provided all the basic infrastructure such as roads, street lights, water supply pipe lines in this area.

MIDC has constructed an earthen dam on Motinala to fulfill the requirement of water of the industrial area. MIDC has provided water supply scheme of 4.50 MLD capacity. Presently the consumption of the water is about 2.20 MLD. The rate of allotment of industrial plot is Rs. 100.00 per sqm. The Association namely "Dhule Avdhan Manufacturers Association Avadhan, Dhule" has been established for development of Industries in MIDC Dhule Industrial Area.

The expansion of existing MIDC has been proposed vide Phase- II in Raver area, situated in outskirts of the city, which is having area of more than 1600 acres (643 hectares) and currently this proposal is under consideration of State Government.

It is also worthwhile to note that, planned Manmad-Dhule-Indore Railway line have also been considered in the original proposal of DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project), which will boost Industrial growth in and around city.[20][21]

2) Nardana Central Government sponsored Growth Centre:

MIDC has planned to develop an industrial area on 750.09 Hect. of land. About 648.56 Hect. of land has come in possession of MIDC. The reservation of water for 4.38 MM3 per year has been granted by Irrigation Department. MIDC has provided the water supply scheme for this industrial area. This scheme includes Jackwell, 600 mm dia PSC raw water rising main (13.50 km.), 400 mm dia PSC pure water rising main (9.50 km.) water treatment plant of 6 MLD capacity & 1000 cum capacity ESR. Presently MIDC is developing phase I having land 480 Hect. MIDC has completed 7.22 km. WBM roads, out of which asphalting of 2.10 km road is completed. MIDC has also provided the water supply distribution pipe lines. The rate of allotment of industrial plot is Rs. 50.00 per Sqm.

Under proposed DMIC, The Nardana Textile Park is being set up 30 km from Dhule City. The total area of the park will be approximately 648 hectares, on which 72 plots will be demarcated. The Dhule airstrip, just 30 km away from the industrial area, will provide accessibility to the park and facilitate a quick movement of material.[22]

3) Brahmanwel Industrial Area:

MIDC has developed wind energy project on 438.00 Hect. of land & generation of energy is started from January 2002.

4) Ubharandi & Raipur Industrial Area:

158.84 Hect. of land has come in possession of MIDC & the same land is allotted to wind energy project.

Manmad - Dhule - Indore Rail Project[edit]

The more than 50 years long pending Manmad-Dhule-Indore rail project has been sanctioned in Indian Railway Budget announced for the year 2016-17 on 25.02.2016 by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister.

This project will immensely boost the commercial and industrial growth of the city in coming span of time. A new, Rs. 9,968-crore track has been proposed on this route, which will pass from Manmad via Malegaon, Dhule, Nardana, Shirpur, Sendhwa, Dhamnod, and Mhow to reach Indore and will shorten the time for travel from 14 hours to about 6 hours.

As per estimates, total length of the project shall be around 368 km and will have 40 intermittent stations with two tunnels measuring 9 km and 5 km each. It is pertinent to note that, in 1905, during Britisher's rule itself this route was surveyed. However, due to lack of will and inefficient political leaders, it was dragged for several years, pushing the district farther from developments.

Execution of this project shall directly connect Dhule City with other major cities in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh states. Execution of this project will also reduce the distance between Mumbai and Indore by around 269 km (i.e. from existing 829 km it will come down to just 560 km). This project shall also connect Pithampur Inland Container Depot to ports situated on Western coast of India and Indore to Pune and Southern Maharashtra.

Recently Central Railways has floated tender for submitting project report within 6 months. Said report shall be submitted to Railway Planning Committee for further approval and thereafter provision shall be made in rail budget.[23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]

Tourism in Dhule[edit]

Dhule city is famous for its town planning since the British were ruling India and it stands third in the country, immediately after Chandigarh and Jaipur as one of the very few well planned cities in India. Town planning of Dhule has been done by Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya[32] According to sources, the only sand bed water filtration plant in India is located at Dedargaon Pool near Dhule City. Dhule is surrounded with various old heritage forts like Laling, Songir, Bhamer.[33]

Dhule has a lot to offer to tourists. Dhule has serene worship places like Ekvira mandir, Swaminarayan Mandir, Gurudwara etc. The district is strewn with a number of temples, many of them ancient, which are much visited by the pilgrims. The prominent tourist attractions in the district can be found in the form of temples and forts. There are many temples in the classical Hemadpanthi-style here. Apart from the many temples, the district abounds in forts. There are numerous forts that the tourists in the district can visit. Some of the worth visiting places in Dhule are:

1) Rajwade Museum:

Rajwade Museum

Sir Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade, the great historian of Maharashtra, died on 31 December 1926, leaving behind a good collection of Sanskrit and Marathi manuscripts numbering about 3500 and also a collection of historical documents and papers. The Mandal was established on 9 January 1927 at Dhule with the object of erecting a fire proof building to house the late Shri Rajwade’s collection for safe keep and making it available to scholars and students working in the field of history, sociology and literature. The object of building a fire proof building was achieved on 5 January 1932, when the building of Rajwade Sanshodhan Mandal was opened. The Mandal is interested in carrying out research work and publication. Soon the mandal published "Dhatu Kosh" and "Namadi Shabda Vyutpati Kosh". The Mandal runs a journal ‘Sanshodhak’ through which much of the writing of the late Rajwade has been published.

The Rajwade Sanshodhan Mandal Museum (founded in 1932) maintains collection of prehistoric stone implements and pottery, Mughal and Rajput paintings, copper plates, coins, sculptures, and old fine manuscripts. There is also a picture gallery exhibiting large portraits of many historical personages as well as research scholars.

The Mandal has a fairly good library containing books on history, philosophy, education, politics, biology etc.

2) Ekvira Mata Temple:

Ekvira Mata

The Ekvira Mata temple is very famous in Dhule City. Situated on the banks of the Panjhara river, the temple houses the idol of Great Goddess Ekvira Mata, where devotees throng to offer prayers daily. The Ekvira Devi Temple is the pride of Dhule City. Here every year in Chaitrya and Ashwin month of Marathi Calendar a Yatra or Jatra is held. This is very calm and beautiful place. A big fair is held during occasion of 'Navaratri'.

3) Shri Samartha Vagdevta Mandir:

The Shri Samartha Vagdevta Mandir is an invaluable and priceless treasure house of manuscripts, letters and chronicles of history importance. It is a glorious branch of the mother Institute- SATKARYOTTEJAK SABHA and is established in 1935.

The founder of this institute, the late Shri. Nana-Saheb Deo then leading legal practitioner of Dhule began his work of collection, research and publication of the literature of about 300 saints. This collection is kept, preserved and studied in this institution and hence is a place of worship of the Goddess of Literature Vagdevta.

This treasure of manuscripts contains researched and non-researched as well the manuscripts, papers, letters and badas. This collection is kept here to welcome the scholars, the learned and learners coming from all over the country and even from abroad. The manuscripts are in different languages and on different subjects.

4) Shiv Teerth Circle:

Shiv Teertha Circle

This a place for people's recreation which also has a statue of Shivaji and Shahid Smarak in memories of Shahid Abdul Hamid, who was Hero of Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Shahid Abdul Hamid was posthumously awarded by the India's highest military decoration Param Vir Chakra. One of the captured Pakistani Patton tanks by him is being displayed here.

5) Gurudwara of Dhule

Gurudwara of Dhule

The place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed and treated with due respect according to Sikh code of conduct and convention can be referred to as a Gurdwara, whether it is a room in one’s own house or a separate building. This gurudwara "Gurunanak Saheb ji" is situated on the Mumabi Agra national highway. This Gurdwara was built in the year 1965 by Late Shri Sant Baba Sadhusinghji Muni. After him, it was managed by Shri Sant Baba Niranjansinghji from Agra and now it is managed by Shri Sant Baba Dhirajsinghji.

Local transportation such as auto rickshaws is available to reach to this place. Peculiar to this place is that it is open to people of all religions. The birth anniversaries of the first guru, Guru Nanakdevji and tenth guru, Guru Govindsinghji are celebrated as festivals with great enthusiasm.

This Gurdwara is developed on 7 acres of land. This Gurdwara have a huge ‘Langar’ hall which is opened 24 hours a day. People from all religion & tradition visit this holy place for blessings, to offer services and to attend festival celebrations. Gurdwara has a beautiful inner golden roof with hanging Jhoomar at the centre. Gurdwara is one of the centres of attraction of Dhule city, situated on bypass of NH-3 near Mohadi Upnagar.

People from Manmad, Amalner, Nasik and Shirdi visit in large numbers during festivals. Most people heading for Nanded take a halt at this holy place.

There is a big Garden on the Gurdwara premises. Children are provided with the knowledge of Bhajan–Kirtan, spiritual learning. It is identified from a distance by tall flag-poles bearing the Nishan Sahib, the Sikh flag.

6) Laling Fort:

Laling Fort, Dhule

Dhulia is known for an old and ruined fort occupying the top of the hill, presently managed by the grandson of Malik Raja Faruqui, this fort is believed to be constructed during his reign. It is a place of considerable antiquity and the fort is supposed to have been built during the region of Malik Raja Faruqui, who subsequently granted to it to his eldest son. It was in this fort that, Nasir Khan and his son Miran Adil Khan were besieged in 1437 by the Bhanrnani general till they were relieved by an army advancing from Gujarat. Laling has also two Hemadpanti temples who are in a bad condition and a rained hemadpanti well.

Present Condition of Laling Fort: Presently, Laling Fort is lying in a ruined and dilapidated state. It is now being developed as a tourist destination. The structure is maintained by the Government of India.[34]

Landor Bungalow, Dhule:

Landor Bungalow

It was originally a Government Rest House and later this cottage has become one of the most frequently visited outdoor tourist spot for the localities. It is located around 12 km South West of Dhule City and is based on a cliff in a forest area and overhangs a beautiful waterfall based on a small stream. It is believed that, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, who was a social reformer and Independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India, stayed at this place. His belongings have been preserved here till date. It is very much a quiet place to find solace from the crowded city. The surrounding forest has a pretty decent variety of birds, a pleasure for bird watchers.

Proposed Butterfly Garden at Laling:

Laling forest area has spread over an area of 4200 hectares and have got status of "forest region" during 2014. A very big and unique butterfly garden has been proposed in this green, calm, mountain area, which will be dedicated to different and rare species of butterflies and will be an array of displays depicting the unique life pattern, paintings, culture, and traditions of Adivasi.

An artificial waterfall/ fountain shall also be formed in the centre of garden. The proposed butterfly garden shall not only be interesting from the tourist's angle but also from the educational aspect so as to provide information about species of butterfly, various flowers, and shall feature Adivasi culture.[35]

7) Dhamma Sarovara :

Dhamma Sarovara

Dhamma Sarovara, meaning Lake of Dhamma, is near the Dedargaon water plant on the Mumbai-Agra Road, occupying a very calm and peaceful 35-acre site. The Centre can presently serve about 80 students (50 male and 30 female), with a Dhamma Hall that can comfortably seat 80 and a pagoda with 40 cells. Double and triple-sharing accommodation is available. The dining hall and kitchen are presently temporary structures.

8) Shree Vimalnath Bhagwan Tirth, Balsana, Sakri, Dhule :

Pratima (Idol) of Shree Vimalnath Bhagwan was found by a farmer while ploughing his field. This 77 inches pratima was kept in the farmers house at the village Balsana, in Dhule District of Maharashtra. Param Pujya Acharya Shrimad Vijay Vidyanand Surishwarji, who was then a Muni and was in the vicinity of Dhule, heard about this. He went to Balsana and visited the farmer. Param Pujya Shree convinced the farmer to hand over the Pratima to the Jains, so that proper care and puja according to Jain Rituals could be performed. The farmer agreed.

Param Pujya Shree Vidyanandji Maharaj Saheb then called a meeting of many Jain Sanghs. After careful deliberations and upon suggestions of all Jain Sanghs present, he decided and declared that Shree Shitalnath Bhagwan Sanstha, Dhule will own, build and manage temple of Shree Vimalnath Bhagwan, at Balsana. Till date this temple is owned and governed by Dhule Sangh.[36]

9) Shirud Temple:

Shirud is famous for a temple devoted to the Goddess Kali, which was built in Hemadpanthi Style. Located on the confluence of two rivers, this village lies in outskirts of city at about 21 km on NH-211. The holy place where the Kali Devi temple is located has been declared as a protected site because of its historical importance. As per history, this temple was constructed in 1200 AD, which was later reconstructed at the time Maratha regime. Major attraction of this temple is the celebration of the famous Navratri Festival. Celebrated for almost a period of 10 days, a fair known as Jatra is held during February.

10) Anerdam Wildlife Sanctuary:

Anerdam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on southwestern range of Satpura range in Shirpur Tehsil of Dhule District. It shares boundaries with Yawal sanctuary other sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh. The sanctuary was once very rich in wildlife, now it is trying to regain its previous status. The best time to visit the sanctuary is November to February. Common animals and birds found in this area are: -Animals: Barking Deer's, Chikaras, Hares, Porcupines and Jungle Cats. Monitor Lizard is the common reptile in this sanctuary. -Migrant Animals: Hyenas, jackals, wolves and wild boars -Birds: Peafs, qualis, partridges, egrets, herons, cormorants, corts, spot bills and owls -Migrant Birds: Brahminy Ducks, cranes, stokes and waders.

11) Songir Fort:

The Songir Fort consists of an old well and a reservoir alongside the ruins of an old water system. Dhule is recognised for its Songir Fort, constructed in the year 1820 and contains inscription of Ugrasen, son of Raja Mansingh presenting the bravery of Ugrasen at its entrance gate.

Songir in known for its antique fort. It was previously the chief town of Songir Sub division which was subsequently, abolished and Songir incorporated in Dhule Taluka in 1820. It is of same manufacturing importance with skilled workers in brass and copper.

The historic fort has easy access and is entered through a stone gate still in good order. An inscription on this gate dated 'Shake' 1497 (1575A.D.) only state that 'Ugrasen, son of Mansingh was very brave'. Inside the fort there is a handsome old reservoir and a fine old well. Remains of broken pipes of the old water systems that must have existed on the fort in the days gone could still be seen. 12) Gajanan Maharaj Temple:

A replica of the temple of Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon, Maharashtra has been built on Gondur Road, leading towards the airport and near the district stadium.

13) Swami Narayan Mandir/ Swaminarayan Sanstha :

BAPS Swami Narayan Mandir, Dhule is one of the first things that comes to the mind of many people, while discussing Dhule. It’s true that there are quite a few other interesting things to see and do too. However, like all other attractions, the BAPS Swami Narayan Mandir in Dhule also has its own brand of unique charm.

14) Tower Garden/ Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Udyan: Situated at the one end of J. B. Road in city. This garden is nice place for public to spend quality evening time and perfect picnic spot for children's.

15) Ichhapurti Mandir: Temple of Lord Ganesha, also known as Wish-fulfilling temple, situated alongside NH-6 towards Sakri.

16) Santoshi Mata Mandir: Temple in heart of city & Friday is observed rush period.

17) Lal Baugh Maruti Mandir: Temple of Shri Hanuman ji in heart of city.

18) Badi Jama Masjid: Place for Muslims to pray.

19) Deopur Church: Place for Christians to pray.

20) Seventh Day Adventist Church: Place for Christians to pray.

21) Sambhavnath Bhagwan Temple: Jain temple located near Shiv Teertha Circle.

22) Shahi Jama alias Khuni Mosque: Place for Muslims to pray.

23) Dedargaon Spot: Place for nature lovers. Also, a cool place for photography.

24) Gondur Garden: Place for boating. Also, a cool place to have conversations.

25) Haranmal Spot: Place for peace. Also, a cool place to chill with friends.

26) Nakane Spot: Place for water lovers. Also, a cool place to hangout with friends.

27) Gondur Tekdi: Place for singing. Also, a cool place for peace.

Transportation[edit]

Dhule Terminus
Dhule- Central Bus Stand
A bus parked at Dhule CBS

Air[edit]

Dhule Airport is located in the Gondur area of Dhule city. It has a runway 1,400 metres (4,600 ft) long. Nearby airports with scheduled services are at Aurangabad (148 km), Pune (340 km), and Mumbai (350 km).

Rail[edit]

Dhule Railway Station is connected to Chalisgaon Junction Railway Station under Central Railways. The Chalisgaon Dhule Passenger runs between the two stations four times a day. The train also carries reserved coaches for Mumbai, which are connected to another train from Chalisgaon onwards.

Road[edit]

Dhule is one of the few cities in the Maharashtra State which is located on the junction of three National Highways, these being NH-3, NH-6 and NH-211. Through the Asian Highway project, portions of NH3 and NH6 passing through Dhule have been converted into numbered Asian Highways AH47 & AH46 respectively.

Due to the heavy use of Central Bus Stand and traffic congestion within the city, one more bus stand has been built in Deopur, which became fully operational from March 23, 2015. From this stand, about 120 route buses are running on a daily basis.[37][38][39] Central Bus Stand is connected to Deopur Bus Stand by four 25 seater mini-buses by Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC). These buses run from Central Bus Stand to Nagav and from Deopur Bus Stand to Laling.[37][40] Recognizing ongoing expansion of the city limits and the increased population, Shri Annasaheb Misal (IAS), The Collector & District Magistrate of Dhule and Shri Rajendra Deore (Dhule Depot Controller) of MSRTC started city-bus services in July 2016. This service is available on four different routes - Laling to Nagav, Fagne to Morane, Walwadi to Vadjai, and CBS to Chakkar Bardi.

Notable people[edit]

Image Gallery[edit]

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