is a small town in the Kalimpong
Subdivision of Darjeeling District. The place is also known
among locals as Sombare. The name has it origin in weekly
village market (`hut`) organized at Gorubathan on every Monday
The place is about 73 km from Kalimpong
town (via Lava) and about 55 km from Siliguri. To reach Gorubathan
one has to travel through the NH31 till Damdim. From Damdim
a road to the north goes to Lava
The small town is situated on the east bank
of river Chel. Presently the only decent accommodation available
at Gorubathan is the forest department bungalow.
The place has attracted tourist interest
in the recent past. Local people took efforts to promote Gorubathan
as a tourist destination. Some private accommodations are
also been coming up.
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 build by the Bhutanese kings can still be
seen here. The place located on top of the hill also offers
breathtaking view of the surrounding.
The road from Gorubathan towards Lava is
also beautiful. The first few kilometers 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 can easily be
organised from Gorubathan.