Dahod district
Top: Bavaka Shiva temple
Bottom: Falls in Ratanmahal Wildlife Sanctuary
Interactive Map Outlining Dahod District
Location of district in Gujarat
Location of district in Gujarat
Coordinates: 22°50′2″N 74°15′28″E / 22.83389°N 74.25778°E / 22.83389; 74.25778
Country India
Collector & DMDr. Harshit Gosavi I.A.S.
 • Total3,642 km2 (1,406 sq mi)
 • Total2,127,086
 • Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
 • OfficialGujarati, Hindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationGJ 20

Dahod district is a district of Gujarat state in western India. This largely tribal district is mostly covered by forests and hills.


Dahod is located in eastern Gujarat. It is located at the tripoint between Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It borders Rajasthan to the north, Madhya Pradesh to the east, Chhota Udaipur district to the south, Panchmahal district to the west and Mahisagar district to the north. The district has two areas: a region of scrubland in the western part of the district and hills in the east. All these areas are covered by forests. The district has several rivers flowing through it: the Panam, Khan, Kalutari, Machhan and Anas. These rivers are tributaries of the Mahi.


Aurangzeb was born in Dahod in 1648.[1]

Before Indian independence in 1948, Dahod district was part of the Sunth princely state. In October and November 1913 its villages were raided by the Bhils under Govindgiri who were encamped in the Mangarh Hills to the northeast.[2]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

It was 8.99% urban at the 2001 census.[4] The population of the district is mostly rural, and a majority of the district's residents are tribals, mostly Bhils. Dahod District also has the second largest population of the Dawoodi Bohra sect of Ismā'īlī Muslims in India.

Religions in Dahod district (2011)[5]
Other or not stated

At the 2011 census Dahod District had a population of 2,127,086,[6] roughly equal to the nation of Namibia[7] or the US state of New Mexico.[8] It was the 215th most populous district in India (out of a total of 640).[6] The district had a population density of 582 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,510/sq mi).[6] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 29.95%.[6] It had a sex ratio of 986 females for every 1000 males,[6] and a literacy rate of 60.6%. 9.01% of the population lived in urban areas. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes made up 1.95% and 74.32% of the population respectively.[6]

Languages of Dahod district (2011)[9]

  Gujarati (96.29%)
  Bhili (2.14%)
  Hindi (1.18%)
  Others (0.39%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 96.29% of the population in the district spoke Gujarati, 2.14% Bhili and 1.18% Hindi as their first language.[9]


This section is transcluded from 15th Gujarat Assembly. (edit | history)

District No. Constituency Name Party Remarks
Dahod 129 Fatepura (ST) Rameshbhai Katara Bharatiya Janata Party
130 Jhalod (ST) Maheshbhai Bhuriya Bharatiya Janata Party
131 Limkheda (ST) Shaileshbhai Bhabhor Bharatiya Janata Party
132 Dahod (ST) Kanaiyalal Kishori Bharatiya Janata Party
133 Garbada (ST) Mahendrabhai Bhabhor Bharatiya Janata Party
134 Devgadhbariya Bachubhai Khabad Bharatiya Janata Party


There is a government polytechnic college since 1963 and it was started by Indian prime minister Mr. Moraraji Desai and now government degree engineering college[10] is also there. The degree college is affiliated to Gujarat University.



Dahod is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat, and it is home to a growing engineering sector. The city has a number of small and medium-sized engineering firms that specialize in areas such as metal fabrication, machining, and tool and die making. Additionally, there are several larger companies that have established manufacturing operations in Dahod, including Siemens India, which plans to manufacture and maintain freight locomotives at its facility in the city.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Ratan Mahal Sanctuary

Entrance gate of the sanctuary
Birds of Chougania chirping merrily as the Sun breaks out of overcast sky

Ratanmahal Wildlife Sanctuary is a mixed, deciduous forest, located near Devgadh Baria in Dohad district,[17] at Gujarat's border with Madhya Pradesh, within the Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests' ecoregion.[18] The maximum area covered is in Gujarat. Ratanmahal Sanctuary is near by River Paanam (a major river of Central Gujarat), which helps to preserve the ecological balance in the forest, besides water conservation. The sanctuary is also known as "Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary," due to its population of sloth bears.[19] As with Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratanmahal has experienced extinctions in its population of birds.[20]

See also


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  2. ^ Vashishtha, Vijay Kumar (1991). "The Bhil Revolt of 1913 Under Guru Govindgiri Among the Bhils of Southern Rajasthan and its Impact". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 52: 522–527. JSTOR 44142651.
  3. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  4. ^ "India Map". Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  5. ^ "Population by Religion - Gujarat". censusindia.gov.in. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India. 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "District Census Hand Book – Dohad" (PDF). Census of India. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-10-01. Namibia – 2,147,585
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-10-19. Retrieved 2011-09-30. New Mexico – 2,059,179
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  10. ^ "Gecdahod.org". Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
  11. ^ "Siemens sign contract worth ₹26,000 cr for Dahod Locomotive Project in Gujarat". DeshGujarat. 2023-01-19. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  12. ^ Jaiswar, Pooja Sitaram (2022-12-08). "Siemens shares extend rally after winning ₹20,000 cr Dahod locomotives project". www.livemint.com. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  13. ^ "Indian Railways issues Letter of Award for Manufacturing and Maintenance of 9000 HP Electric Freight Locomotives to Siemens, India". pib.gov.in. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  14. ^ "Siemens Mobility awarded a €3 billion project in India – large ..." press.siemens.com. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  15. ^ www.ETEnergyworld.com. "Siemens lowest bidder for manufacturing 1,200 electric locomotives worth Rs 20,000 cr - ET EnergyWorld". ETEnergyworld.com. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  16. ^ "Railways awards ₹26,000-cr contract to Siemens India in Dahod". www.fortuneindia.com. Retrieved 2023-04-07.
  17. ^ "Ratanmahal Sloth Bear Sanctuary". Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  18. ^ "Kathiarbar-Gir Dry Deciduous Forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  19. ^ Garshelis, David L.; Joshi, Anup R.; Smith, James L. D.; Rice, Clifford G. "Sloth Bear Conservation Action Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  20. ^ Trivedi, Pranav; Soni, V. C. "Significant bird records and local extinctions in Purna and Ratanmahal Wildlife Sanctuaries, Gujarat, India" (PDF). Forktail. 22: 39–48. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2015.