Dahod is a city located in the western state of Gujarat in India. It is the administrative headquarters of the Dahod district and is situated on the banks of the Dudhimati River.
Dahod has a rich and diverse history dating back to ancient times. The city was initially known as Dohad, which means two boundaries, as it was located between two regions - the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh and the Gujarat region. The city has been ruled by several dynasties, including the Solanki dynasty, the Khilji dynasty, the Mughal empire, and the Marathas. In the 18th century, Dahod was ruled by the Peshwa Baji Rao, who built a palace in the city. After the downfall of the Marathas, Dahod came under the control of the British East India Company in 1818.
Dahod is situated on the eastern border of Gujarat and is surrounded by the districts of Panchmahal and Mahisagar to the west and Chhota Udaipur to the south. The city has an average elevation of 160 meters above sea level and covers an area of 11.79 square kilometers. The Dudhimati River, which is a tributary of the Mahi River, flows through the city.
According to the 2011 Census of India, the population of Dahod is 202,000, with a male-to-female ratio of 52:48. The city has a literacy rate of 68.3%, which is lower than the national average of 74%. The majority of the population in Dahod belongs to the Scheduled Tribes category. The main language spoken in the city is Gujarati, although Hindi and English are also widely spoken.
The economy of Dahod is primarily based on agriculture and agro-based industries. The city is known for its production of cotton, tobacco, and soybeans. There are several cotton ginning and pressing mills, oil mills, and sugar factories in the city. In recent years, the city has also seen an increase in small-scale industries such as textiles, furniture, and handicrafts. The city is also home to several banks and financial institutions, which serve the local population.
Dahod has a rich cultural heritage, which is reflected in its architecture, cuisine, and festivals. The city has several historical landmarks, including the Badi Masjid, which was built in the 16th century, and the Jain Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Mahavir. The city is known for its traditional Gujarati cuisine, which includes dishes such as dhokla, fafda, and khandvi. The city celebrates several festivals throughout the year, including Navratri, Diwali, and Holi.
Dahod is home to several tourist attractions, which attract visitors from all over the world. The Badi Masjid is a popular tourist destination, with its intricate carvings and beautiful architecture. The Jain Temple, which is located in the center of the city, is also a must-visit destination for tourists. The city is also known for its wildlife sanctuaries, including the Vanzara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Panchmahal Wildlife Sanctuary. The Dudhimati River, which flows through the city, is also a popular destination for boating and fishing.
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