Dindori is a district of Madhya Pradesh state of central India. The town of Dindori is the district headquarters. It was created on 25th May, 1998 with total 927 villages. The district is a part of Jabalpur Division. The district covers an area of 7470 sq.km. and is located on the eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, bordering the state of Chhattisgarh. It is surrounded by Shahdol in the east, Mandla in the west, Umaria in the north, and Bilaspur district of the state of Chhattisgarh in the south. Mathematically, the district is situated between the latitudes 22.17N and 23.22N and longitudes 80.35E and 80.58E It is divided into seven blocks namely Dindori, Shahpura, Mehandwani, Amarpur, Bajag, Karanjiya and Samnapur.
According to the 2011 census Dindori District has a population of 704,218, roughly equal to the nation of Bhutan or the US state of Alaska. This gives it a ranking of 501st in India (out of a total of 640 Districts). The district has a population density of 94 inhabitants per square kilometer (240/sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.26%. Dindori has a sex ratio of 1004 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 65.47%. Around 64% of the total population belongs to the Scheduled Tribe.
The Baiga tribe is a very pre-dominant tribe in this district. They are very vulnerable tribal groups which can only be found in the district. The Baigas are also known as the “National Human”.
In Dindori district, The Ghughwa Fossil National Park of Madhya Pradesh is a unique destination in India, which has been blessed with a priceless treasure trove of plant fossils. Fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 plant families have been identified. These fossils represent life as it occurred in this area some 66 million years ago. Well-preserved fossils of woody plants, climbers, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds have been found here. Palm fossils are particularly numerous. 66 million old plant fossils are found in this district and attempts are made to protect the fossils at Ghughwa Fossil Park.
Dindori has many historical as well as spiritual places. Some of the spiritual places are Laxman Madva, Kukarramath, Kalchuri Kali Mandir etc. The Kanha Tiger National Park is 180 km & Bandhavgarh National Park is 140 Km away from the district headquarter.