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About Dhoraji

Dhoraji

Dhoraji is an ancient city built in the middle of the eighteenth century.  It is located in the southern part of Rajkot District in the state of Gujarat. The town is also the administrative headquarters of a taluka of the same name. It is situated at a distance of 87 km from the district headquarters Rajkot on National Highway 8B.

Geography of Dhoraji

Dhoraji falls under the Suarashta region of Gujarat and is located at the coordination of 21.73° North latitude 70.45° East longitude. The town has an uneven topography with an average elevation of 72 meter (240 ft).  River Safura, a tributary of River Bhadar, flows by this city.

The soil in Dhoraji is black and loamy. Consequently, the area grows good quantity of cotton. Ground nut, sugar cane, corn and onion are other major crops of this region. Different types of vegetables are also grown here.

The climatic condition of the town is comparatively stable; there is little variation in temperature. There are three distinct seasons. The summer starts from March and ends in June. The temperature during this period varies from a minimum 20 degree Celsius to a maximum 40 degree Celsius. The South West Monsoon sets in the beginning of July. The rainy season generally ends in September. After that the winter sets in slowly. The temperature during this period generally ranges from 10 degree Celsius to 24 degree Celsius.

History of Dhoraji

The Darbargadh

Until the middle of the eighteenth century Dharoji was a part of the princely state of Junagarh. After that it was acquired by Kumbhoji II Haloji of Gondal State. To protect the state from the enemies a fort was built in 1755. Very soon a settlement grew around it.

Thus we see that, Dhoraji was first established as a fortified city. However, as peace returned to the region, the city began to spread beyond the fortified area.  It underwent further changes under Maharaja Bhagvat Singh Sahib, whose tenure extended from 14th February, 1869 to 10th March, 1944. 

Maharaja Bhagvat Singh Sahib was an enlightened man with a degree from the University of Edinburgh. It may not be out of place to add that at the time of his father’s death he was only four years old and so he was a king in the name only. As he came to power, he overhauled the administrative system and undertook many welfare measures. He also introduced the concept of town planning and monitored the growth of important cities like Gondal, Dhoraji, Upleta and Patanvav.

Dhoraji underwent further improvement as railway was introduced to this part of the state. The area between railway station and the old city came to be known as New Dhoraji. It had broad avenues, parks and markets. Very soon Dhoraji began to be counted as one of the most beautiful cities in Saurashtra. 

With GIDC setting up an estate here, Dhoraji has now become one of the industrial towns of Gujarat. Opening of roads and introduction of all other facilities required for a healthy and meaningful life has made Dhoraji a well known tourist destination in India.

Administration in Dhoraji

The Township of Dhoraji

Since Dhoraji is the administrative headquarters of a Dhoraji Taluka, the administration of the area is looked after by a Mamlatdar posted here. In case of necessity you may contact him at the following numbers:
Office Phone No: 02824-221887
Residential Phone No: 02824- 220493
Mobile No: 9979050511 

However, the District Controller is the overall in charge of the district. Although he is posted at the district headquarters Rajkot, he can be reached through the following phone number:
Office Phone No: 0281-2473900
Office Fax No: 0281-2453621
Residential Phone No: 0281-2472900

Municipality in Dhoraji

However, the civic administration of the city is controlled by a municipal committee known as Nagar Palika. It is run by a committee of elected representatives and is headed by a Chairman, selected from the elected representatives.

According to 2011 Census, the Nagar Palika has 18,211 houses under its jurisdiction. For providing effective administration to the residents of the town, the municipal board has divided it into 12 wards.  Each of the wards is represented by an elected member.

The main function of Dhoraji Nagar Palika is to provide basic amenities like water and sewerage to the town. It is also required to undertake many other welfare works and to finance them the Nagar Palika imposes taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction as well as other surcharges.

Court in Dhoraji

Dhoraji, being the administrative headquarters of Dhoraji Taluka, is the seat of a Taluka Court consisting of a Principal Senior Civil Judge Court and the Additional Civil Judge Court. Among them, Dhoraji City Police Station falls under the jurisdiction of Principal Senior Civil Judge Court while Jamkandorana Police Station and Patnvav Polie Station falls under the Additional Civil Judge Court.

In addition to the above mentioned courts, the town also has a Fast Track Court. All these courts are located in their own building and fall under the jurisdiction of Sessions Sub Division Court at Gondal.

Police Station in Dhoraji

The Police Station in Dhoraji city is conveniently located on the main road. If you face any problem, which may or may not be related to the law and order situation of the town, you may contact the Police Station at the following address:

Dhoraji Police Station
Dhoraji Main Road
Lati Chowk, Dhoraji
Pin Code: 360410
Phone No: 02824-221856, 02824-221870, 02824-225699

Fire Station in Dhoraji

Fire Station in Dhoraji is located in the Sudhrai Kacheri Building on Three Gate Road. In case of emergency you may call them at 02824-22190

Business and Economy in Dhoraji

Industry in Dhoraji

Since the area around Dhoraji produces many kinds of crops, the economy of the town is partially based on trading. Today however, industries play a larger role in the economy of the area. The town has many large, medium and small scale industries located within its periphery. Out of the large scale industries we can name Scan Agro Ltd and Atul Oil Cake Ind. Ltd. Both of them are located on Jetpur Road.

 In addition to the above mentioned industrial houses, the town has many other medium and small scale industries. Recognizing the town’s potential for industrialization, Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has also set up a big estate in the southern part of the town. It is spread over 22.31 hectare of land and has been divided into 69 plots.  Just as any other estate set up by GIDC, it comes equipped with all kinds of facilities required for smooth running of industries.

Dhoraji is slowly growing into a hub for plastic industries. Edible oil production is also another major industry of this town. In addition, there are many ceramic tiles producing factories located between Dhoraji and Upleta.

Banks in Dhoraji

Galaxy Chowk

Because Dhoraji is an industrially advanced town, a number of banks have opened up their branches here following is a list of them:

Axis Bank
Heera Panna Complex
Galaxi Road
Opposite Main Post Office Chowk
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-223352/ 3, 02824-223354
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: UTIB0001037 / 360211081 / 001037

Bank of Baroda (BOB)
Station Road
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-220680
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: BARB0DHORAJ / 360012081 / DHORAJ

Bank of Baroda (BOB)
Bazar Chowk
Station Road
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-222787
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: BARB0MCDHOR / 360012082 / MCDHOR

Bank of India
Heera Panna Mall
Upleta Road
Dhoraji
Phone No:  02824-222230
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: BKID0003128 / 360013081 / 003128

Central Bank of India
PB No: 3, Station Road
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824 - 220199
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: CBIN0280573 / NON-MICR / 280573

Dena Bank
Station Road
PB No: 46
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-220118;
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: BKDN0310086 / NON-MICR / 310086

HDFC Bank
Heera Panna Complex
Near Post Office Chowk
Dhoraji
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: HDFC0002417 / 360240081 / 002417

ICIC Bank
Heera Panna Complex
Near Post Office Chowk
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-225977
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: ICIC0001981 / 360229081 / 001981

IDBI Bank

Jetpur Road
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824- 220048
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: IBKL01642C3 / 360471081 / 1642C3

Indian Overseas Bank
Station Road
Azad Chowk
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824) 220596,
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: IOBA0000489 / 360020081 / 000489

Kotak Mahindra Bank
Heera Panna Complex
Near Post Office Chowk
Dhoraji
Phone No: 18001026022
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: KKBK0002790 / 360485081 / 002790

State Bank of India
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-220496
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: SBIN0003789 / 360002104 / 003789

Union Bank of India
New Association building
Station Road
Dhoraji
Phone No:  02824 - 221808
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: UBIN0531448 / 360026081 / 531448

United Commercial Bank
Dhoraji
Phone No: 02824-221882
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: UCBA0000073 / 360028081 / 000073

Yes Bank
Jetpur Road
Dhoraji
Phone No: 9227593155
IFSC Code / MICR Code / Branch Code: YESB0CCB081 / NON-MICR / CCB081

Tourist Places in Dhoraji

Darbargadh in Dhoraji

Although Dhoraji is an industrial town, it has quite a few places of tourist interest. Among them we must first mention the Darbargardh located right inside the old fort: 

The fort in Dhoraji was once surrounded by a massive wall with several bastions. There are also four large and three smaller gates leading into it. Among them: 
  • Kathiawadi Darwaja is located in the east
  • Porbandar Gate is located in the west
  • Halar Gate is located in the north
  • Junagadh Gate is located in the south
  • The smaller gates are known as Bhimji Bari, Darbari Bari and Sati Bari

Darbargadh in Dhoraji is situated at the highest point of the town. It is approachable by the beautiful Darbari Gate, well adorned with pretty jharokas. The brackets that hold these jharokas resemble beautifully sculpted elephants. The Dabargadh itself is located on high plinth. It has been designed in the same architectural style as Navlakha Palace of Gondal. Its outer walls are adorned with complex geometric patterns. One can also see sculptures representing man and animals on these walls. Also take time admire its horizontal friezes, carved pillars, decorative kanguras and windows frames.

To the left of Darbargadh is the temple of Ashapura. It is an old but beautiful temple located inside the fort area. Also take time to visit Pani ki Kotha. With beautiful balconies on all four sides the structure looks more like a palace, but in reality it houses the pumping station and a huge water tank.


Some Other Places to Visit from Dhoraji

Also visit Upleta, another fortified town located on River Moj. It is situated at a distance of 19 km from Dhoraji. Take time to admire its mighty fort walls, bastions, gates and river ghats; all of them offer a picturesque view. You may also visit the Darbargadh; but it has now been turned into the city Police Station.

Other than Upleta, Kutiyana is another place to visit from Dhoraji.  It is located at a distance of 53 km from this town. The houses of the rich Memon traders offer a glimpse into their esthetic sense. There is also a beautiful mosque that represents the 19th century style of architecture.

How to Get to Dhoraji

Transport in Dhoraji

Dhoraji is located on National Highway 8B, which starts from Bamanbore and ends in Porbandar crossing cities like Rajkot, Gondal, Jetpur, Upleta, Ranavav etc on the way. In addition to that, important roads like GJ SH 109 and GH SH 26 also run right through this city. Gujarat Road Transport Corporation and few other private transport operators run regular bus services through these routes. Therefore, it is easy to reach Dhoraji if you are using road transport.

Rajkot is the nearest major rail head. The town also has a railway station. It lies on the Wansjaliya - Jetalsar railway line that connects Rajkot with Porbandar. However, very few express trains stop here.  If you are travelling by air you may travel either via Rajkot or via Porbandar and then travel by road or rail to Dhoraji.

Dhoraji at a Glance

Taluka: Dhoraji
District: Rajkot
Elevation: 72 m (240 ft) 
Pin Code: 360410
STD Code: 02824
Geographical Coordinate: 21.73° N, 70.45° E
Assembly Constituency: Dhoraji
Lok Sabha Constituency: Porbandar

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