Dhule became part of the Mughal Empire in 1601, during the reign of Akbar. In the 18th century Dhule came under Maratha rule. In 1818, Dhule was annexed by the British, and was included in the Bombay Presidency. Dhule city is a well planned city, and it is believed that it was planned by Capt. James Briggs. After Indian independence in 1947, Bombay Presidency became Bombay State, which in 1960 was divided along linguistic lines into the new states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
While this portion of Maharashtra is of no great significance from point of economics, the single most reason for importance of Dhule to India and Maharashtra is because of its geographical location for road transport industry. Dhule is the city from which the most strategic roads of India criss-cross each other. This is the singular point for road transportation vis-a-vis to Bhusaval or Nagpur in case of Indian Railways. The national highway number 3, popularly known as Mumbai-Agra highway, virtually connects southern India with northern India. And the national highway number 6 on its part connects western India with eastern India.
|Schools|| J.R. City School|
R. K. Chitale Madhyamik Vidhyalay
Unnati Madhyamik Vidhyalay
Jai Hind High School
Kamalabai Shankarlal Kanya Shala
L.M. Sardar Urdu High School & Jr.College
New City High School
S.T.T.K Mahajan High School
R.R.Padvi Nutan High School & Jr. College
Chawra English Medium School
North Point High School
|Colleges|| Z.B.Patil College (Formerly, Jai Hind College Of Arts, Science & Commerce)|
Jai Hind Junior College
Vidya Vardhini College
Palesha College of Commerce
Institute of Management Education (Palesha Campus)
|Engineering Colleges|| SSVPS's College of Engineering|
SES College of Engineering
Gangamai College of Engineering
|Medical Colleges|| Shri Bhausaheb Hire Government Medical College|
JMF's A.C.P.M Medical College
JMF's A.C.P.M Dental College
The city is a major business hub in the north Maharashtra region. In hey-days it was a one of the major center for textile industry, with both spinning and weaving operations. Textile industry is still alive here though at much smaller scale than past.
Many tiny and small scale industries are in the M.I.D.C. area of Dhule. Dhule is also growing up in Electronics equipments as well as in IT field also.
Agra road is the main street in the city where many important businesses/shops are located. Old Dhule or June Dhule is central place, Subhash Nagar is a business area with shops adjacent to Old Dhule.
Pach-Kandil is the main whole sale market of fruits and vegetables on Agra Road, Pat-bazaar is one of the old vegetable markets near an old canal, which used to run along the river side in the past.
Suzlon Energy, which is one of the largest wind power companies in the world, is presently developing a wind park site near Dhule. It is spread across a vast, undulating expanse. At 1,000 MW Suzlon’s Dhule wind park is poised to take its place among the world’s largest wind parks when complete.