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Gorubathan is a small town in the Kalimpong District of North Bengal. The place is also known among locals as Sombare. The name has its origin in the weekly village market (`hut`) organized at Gorubathan every Monday (`Sombar`).

The place is about 73 km from Kalimpong town (via Lava) and about 55 km from Siliguri / NJP. To reach Gorubathan one has to travel through the NH31 till Damdim. From Damdim a road to the north goes to Lava through Gorubathan. The small town is situated on the east bank of the river Chel.

Tourist Attractions at Gorubathan

The landscape of the area is unique as the hills meet the plains here. Chel Riverbed is a good location for picnickers and nature lovers. The drive from Damdim to Gorubathan first passes through some of the most beautiful tea gardens of Dooars including Ranichera, Rangamati, and Sylee. Just before Gorubathan the Fagu Khola, Runjung Khola, and Chel Khola meet to form River Chel. On the other side of the river is the picturesque Pathorjhora tea garden.

Just above the village is Dalim Fort. The ruins of a fort built by the Bhutanese kings can still be seen here. The place located on top of the hill also offers a breathtaking view of the surroundings. One has to trek the last stretch to reach the ruins of the fort.

The Jhandi Dara area is also a popular tourist destination near Gorubathan. The area has come into tourism prominence during the last few years. The place offers a great view of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range as well as views of the Dooars plains.

The road from Gorubathan towards Lava is also beautiful. For the first few kilometres, you will be travelling through tea gardens with Chel River on your left. The road continues through Faforkheti, This is a small village and a picnic spot for the locals. The picturesque village has the potential to become a tourist attraction. Further ahead on the road is Lava, a day trip to the famous tourist destination that can easily be organized from Gorubathan.

You may also visit Sakham forest from Gorubathan. The Sakham forest is just 8 km from Gorubathan village and the drive is through picturesque tea gardens and forests. At Sakham you will be crossing 2 small rivers, the first river is named Mal and the second one is Neora. Both rivers meet a few kilometres downstream. There is a Hydroelectric project at Sakham over the Neora River. The area is very peaceful and attractive and is very popular among picnickers. You can cross the rivers and drive on to reach Samsing through tea gardens just a few kilometres away.

Getting There

NJP is the major railhead about 55 km away. Malbazar about 17 km away also has stopped for several trains. To reach here you have to travel through National Highway 31, the arterial road of Dooars, till you reach Damdim. From Damdim you take the northbound road to reach Gorubathan 12 km away.


There is no specific place around Gorubathan which has a concentration of accommodation. The tourist accommodation around Gorubathan is spread over nearby villages. 

Dara Gaon, above Phaparkheti, has an excellent lodge of Humro Home. This accommodation is about 20 km from Gorubathan and almost midway between Gorubathan and Lava.  There are also good lodging options at Jhandi. You can have the advantage of sightseeing both at Gorubathan and Lava from here.

Jhandi, another interesting tourist destination nearby also have accommodation. The distance from Gorubathan is about 19 km.

There are small homestays and other lodges in the nearby area. For the latest and best accommodation in the area, you need to contact our expert travel advisors by filling out the inquiry form below.

Apart from booking your accommodation in Gorubathan and the rest of Dooars and the Hills, at HUMRO TOURS, we also have our own fleet of tourist vehicles and about two decades of experience in organizing tours. You may contact us for all your travel requirements and our helpdesk executives will serve you your exact need.

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