Navapur, with 11,505 inhabitants in 1961, is the headquarters of the taluka of the same name, lying about 38.62 km. (24 miles) east of Nizampur on the main road between Gujarat and the Deccan. It is a railway station on the Surat-Bhusaval line of the Western Railway, and is about 117.48 km. (73 miles) distant from Surat. For timber, firewood and charcoal it is perhaps the largest market place in the whole taluka, its importance having been all the more increased due to the availability of quick rail transport. Nawapur range, besides other forest produce, contains large bamboo bans and grasslands from which paper of fine quality can be manufactured. There is a proposal to set up a paper factory somewhere between Navapur and Akrani which is also rich in these resources. Quite a few persons in the town are engaged in the manufacture of bamboo-baskets and other bamboo articles of household utility. Recently the Forest Department has introduced lacquer worms in Navapur forests which feed on palas, bor and khair trees in which the Navapur range abounds. A school imparting training in wood turning and lacquer work has recently been started at Navapur with good results.

In 1660 Navapur is mentioned as a great town full of weavers. But to-day though the town is still inhabited by Koshtis engaged in weaving, the number is not of much consequence. The industry also has not been able to gain much ground. It was also famous for its rice, which though smaller than common rice, when boiled was white as snow and smelled like musk. It was greatly prized by grandees and was sent in present to Persia. [Tavernier in Harris, II, 352.]  In 1666, it is mentioned as a small city in Balaghat, four days from Surat, famous for large and delicious grapes and for much cotton. In many places there were sugarcane gardens and all the growers had mills and furnaces. There were mountains hard to cross, and beautiful plains watered with rivers and streams.[Thevenot's Voyages, V. 49, 219. In this as in many other Tavernier seems to have borrowed from Thevenot.]

Being the headquarters of a taluka, Navapur has the offices of mamlatdar and panchayat samiti, revenue, civil and criminal courts, police station, a regulated market and a rest house. The town has also other amenities like post and telegraph office, civil and veterinary dispensaries, educational institutions which include two high schools, etc. There is also a seed and seedling growing centre and a branch of the district central co-operative bank.

Among places of worship those dedicated to Mahadev and Dattatraya may be noted. The first one of these, perhaps the oldest, is popularly known as Nagnath Mahadev. Situated in the centre of the town the whole is 6.096 X6.096 metres (20 feet X 20 feet) with a 3.048x3.048 metres (10 feet X 10feet) vestibule containing besides the ling, idols of Parvati, Hanuman and Ganapati. It is said that new idols were installed in the temple after the old ones were destroyed during the Nandurbar riots.

The Datta temple is a modern edifice built by one Dr. Bhangre in Shaka 1850. Enclosed by a 2.133 metres (7 feet) high compound wall, the temple has two large marble-tiled halls. A few of the pillars supporting the roof bear images of various deities. This temple is well ventilated and lighted. In the gabhara is installed a marble idol of Dattatraya. Paintings on the walls illustrate various mythological scenes. Dattajayanti is celebrated annually. The town has also a temple dedicated to Ram.