It was established in the early 6th century AD. Its foundation and fortification is ascribed to the great King of Gujarat, Siddhraj Jaisinh (1093-1143 AD), who made this his frontier fortress. The architectural style and the exquisite stone carving and iconography on the fort walls and gates suggests that it was conceived and constructed in the same period as Rudra Mahalaya and Zinzuwada Fort. It is mentioned as an important city in the Jain inscriptions of Girnar (VS 1288).
It came under the control of Muslim rulers in 1300 AD after the fall of Patan. The fort of Dabhoi is one of the rare surviving examples of Hindu military architecture, based on the shastri traditions described in various Vaastu scriptures. There are four gates in the town, one in each cardinal direction, having indirect entry, located in the middle of each side of the fort wall. It was altered during the time of Visaldev and the Muslim rule. Hira Bhagol (named after the architect, Hiradhar), the most exquisitely carved gate, is in the east, with Vadodara Gate in the west, Champaner Gate in the north and Nandod Gate in the south. Dabhoi has many Jain and Hindu temples, devoted to different gods and goddesses.
Dabhoi is the birth place of the great Gujarati poet, Raskavi Dayaram, composer of many garbas (devotional songs) and a devotee of Ranchhodraiji of Dakor. Many Jain scholars also stayed here in the past and enriched the Jain Granth Bhandar, which has a collection of ancient Jain manuscript Shree Indubhai Sheth is also very popular personality in Dabhoi. He is known as Bhamasha of Dabhoi. He was the generous donator.He built a temple for untouchable. He passed away in June 2006, his sons are running many charitable organizations after his sad demise. Dabhoi municipal corporation is building a giant gate in Dabhoi after his name.
Dabhoi is also major gateway for narmada dam the life line for Gujarat state. One time Dabhoi railway station is biggest narrow gauge railway station in Asia.
Now you will observer the railway station has been renovated in past 1-2 years. By end of 2008 travelar will get advantage of Rail facility.