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Gorubathan is a small town in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. It is situated on the east bank of river Neora, just 50 kilometer road distance from Siliguri. Locally, Gorubathan is known as Sombare. The name “Sombare” is comes from the name of Indian day “Sombar” (Monday). In every Monday, a haat (weekly village market) is organized at Gorubathan. So, Gorubathan is famous for the day name (“Sombare”) to local people. The town is popular for its natural beauty and there are various sites in and around the place that travelers can visit. Summer is the best time to visit in Gorubathan, due to its warm and pleasant weather but in winter it is very cold.


Gorubathan is situated on the east bank of the chel river. There are ruins of a fort known as Dalim Fort on the top of a hill near Gorubathan. Gorubathan is known for its beautiful landscape of the Neora river, mountains and forests, which attract a lot of tourists.

Hill Valley

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.

Gorubathan towards Lava

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.

Transport to go:

Gorubathanis about 50 km from Siliguri and about 90 km from Kalimpong. From Siliguri, you can access 31 national highway till Damdim. From Damdim a road to the north goes to Lava through Gorubathan.

By Road:

National Highway No.31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Damdim. From Damdim to Lava have district road, which pass through Gorubathan. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Gorubathan. Journey time from Siliguri to Gorubathan is about 1 hours 30 minutes.

By Rail:

Nearest railway station to Gorubathan is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you should follow the road journey to reach at Gorubathan.

By Air:

Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport under Indian Army. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road route.

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