Dahod City

Photo Collage of Dahod City

The Dahod city is situated on the banks of Dudhimati river.  Dahod is a small city with a municipality in the Dahod district.  Dahod city is the administrative headquarter of the district.  Nearest metropolitan cities are Ahmadabad (200 KM) and Vadodara (150 KM).  Dahod city is also the birth place of Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor of early 17th century.

The far flung areas of Godi Road and Godhra Road have been considerably developed, making the overall habitation and commercial areas very expansive. Land rates per square foot are not far behind Mumbai's rates.

 

Demographics:

Dahod had population of 79,185 according to the 2001 Census. Dahod has an average literacy rate of 76%, significantly higher than both district and national averages.

(Although the new Cesus 2011 data is out, we are waiting for the population data on urban cities)

 

Educational Institutions:

Dahod is also home to many educational institutions such as Government Engineering College, Government Polytechnic Institute and Anaj Mahajan Sarvajanic Education Society (largest non-commercial institute) which runs twenty two schools and colleges. A few of the schools and colleges run by Anaj Mahajan Sarvajanic Education Society are Stephen's Higher Secondary, Navjivan Science and Commerce College, Chhotalal Jadhavji Nutan Prathmik Shala, M.Y. High School, R.L. Pandya High School, Little Flowers School, Navjivan Girls High school and Jamali English School. Quiet recently, foundation for the Dental College was laid out by the same educational society.

 

Economy:

Dahod is an economic center for its vicinity. The Dahod Anaj Market Yard is one of the biggest commodity markets of Gujarat. Because of the market, many agro based industries are located in Dahod such as Dal Mills, Atta mills and Makka Poha manufacturing units. Agricultural products are main sources of income for Dahod and surrounding regions. Its economy also relies on labor intensive industries such as quarry. Neighboring towns like Jhalod, Sanjeli and Devgadh Baria receive their supply of agricultural based products from Dahod. Dahod has been expanding rapidly due to its economic growth. Dahod is also a medical hub for the surrounding area.

 

Western Railways:

More than half of Dahod's area is under Indian Railways (Western Unit). It houses one of the largest railway workshop and township in India. Many people of Dahod are employed by the railway workshop.

 

Climate:

It is usually hot in Dahod, and with an average rainfall of just over 1000 ml, it also faces water scarcity.

 

Culture/Food:

Dahod is home to many different types of communities such as Vaishnav (Pushtiya Marg), Dawoodi Bohra, Jain, Sindhi, Muslims, and Christans. Dahod has the second largest population of Dawoodi Bohra Samaj in India.

Dahod city is known for its Kachoris (spicy snack). Nearly 35000 numbers of Kachoris are are consumed by Dahodians per day.

 

Landmarks/Buildings/Structures:

Najmi Mazjid: It is the tallest landmark of Dahod city (owned and operated by Dahod's Dawoodi Bohra Samaj).  Inauguration of the the mazjid (mosque) took place in 2002 by Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb.  It is amongst the largest mosques built by the Dawoodi Bohra community.

Chakaliya Road Underbridge: The old railway crossing between Chakaliya Road and Godi Road is gone.  It was a nusence for everyone who had to cross the railway crossing, and those who lives around it.  Due to increase in train frequencies, the crossing would often remain closed for the long duration, and cause a traffic nightmare.  The new under bridge (tunnel) replaces the old railway crossing.