|Elevation||201 m (659 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Dabra (Hindi: डबरा) was also known as Padmapawaya in ancient times. Great poet Bhavabhuti  had received his education at Dabra (ancient time Padmapawaya). Dabra has a sugar producing factory and is almost equidistant from New Delhi and Bhopal. It is connected to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Agra, Mathura, Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Haridwar, Chhapra and Bhubaneshwar through rail network. Gwalior and Jhansi are the two big cities located 42 km and 58 km away from Dabra respectively. It is the biggest municipality in Madhya Pradesh as of now and naturally very beautiful. Sindhu river is just 5 km away from Dabra. Sonagir, a famous jain pilgrimage and Datia another famous tourist place are located 15 km and 30 km from Dabra respectively. Other famous sites are Bamrouli Hanuman Temple (5 km from Dabra towards Jhansi), Jaurasi Hanuman Temple (25 km from Dabra towards Gwalior), Dhumeshwar Mahadev Temple (30 km from Dabra towards Narwar), tomb of peer baba at Tekanpur and Shri Dev temple located at Pichhore just 10Km away from Dabra (one of the ancient 300 years old temple located in the vicinity of Dabra). One of the nine jewels of Akbar Abdul Fazal (on the behest of Jehangir By Bir Singh Deo Maharaja of Orcha) was killed and has a tomb near Aantri village (30 km from Dabra towards Gwalior). Van Khandeshwar Mahadev Temple (2 km from Dabra towards Gwalior), Kale Baba Temple, Gayatri Temple and Thakur Baba Temple are another famous temples in or nearby Dabra. Annual fair held at Thakur Baba temple is very famous locally. One can get many handcraft toys and other useful utilities crafted by bamboo in this fair. Recently,[when?] a special food processing zone (SEZ) has been scheduled to get started in Dabra in near future.
In fun, natives of Dabra use to rank its top six qualities in their own ways based on the easy availability of those ones, which are "Dhaan (Rice grain with chaff), Dhool (Dust), Dhoka(Betrayal), Suar (Pig), Machhar (Mosquito) and Neta (Politician)".
Dabra has schools for primary and secondary education (affiliated with CBSE/ICSE/MP Boards). Some of the notable institutes are Mangla Higher Secondary School, Sant Kanwar Ram Higher Secondary School,The Sangmaa School, Shri Guru Nanak Public Higher Secondary School, Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Deeksha Public School, D.A.V. Higher Secondary School, Vankhandeshwar Higher Secondary School, Shri Ram school, ShriRam Bal Vihar, St. Peter's School, Vandematram Foundation School, Sanskar Public School, Mahatma Jyotirao Fooley Convent School, Balaji Public School, Bal Shrmik Vishesh Vidyalaya,Cambridge school etc. Many students of these schools have been selected to institutes like IITs, IIITM Gwalior, NITs, GEC Jabalpur, MITS Gwalior, SGSITS Indore, SGS Medical College Mumbai, GRMC Medical College Gwalior, GMC Bhopal, MGM indore, MAMC Delhi etc.
Dabra has also a polytechnic college for technical education and a government college for non-technical higher education named Vrindasahaye Government College.
Dabra has a government hospital and various private hospitals to serve health-related issues.
Social work activities
Non Government Organization "Nirmal Chaaya" has roots in Dabra to support for unprivileged people. It is led by a group of highly educated natives of Dabra. They are currently working to educate poor children (through a tie-up with Mangla Higher Secondary School) and are aiming to support old and helpless citizens by starting an old age home. Another social organizations in Dabra such as Bharat Vikas Parishad, Bhavbhooti Shakha are also working for the benefits for the poor people.
Dabra is located at  It has an average elevation of 201 metres (659 feet)..
As of 2001[update], India census, Dabra had a population of 70,678. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Dabra has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79% and, female literacy is 62%. In Dabra, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Notes and references
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Dabra
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.