Gorubathan is a beautiful hamlet in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal. It is located on the eastern bank of river Neora and is 50 kilometers from Siliguri. Locally, Gorubathan is known as Sombare which comes from the name of a weekday "Sombar" (Monday). As on every Monday, a haat (weekly village market) is organized at Gorubathan.
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. The winters are very cold here due to greenery in surrounding. It has an average elevation of 417 meters. It is surrounded by dense forest of Neora Valley National Park.
Gorubathan has its own unique history. There was a Lepcha king namely Gaebbo Achyok who was born and brought up in Chyakhung Dara in Lungsysol, Gorubathan. There are ruins of a fort known built by King Gaeboo Achyok as Dalim Fort on the top of a hill at Dalim Busty. In earlier time the place got its name as Gorubathan by conjoining two Nepali words herds of cattle. Goru means - Ox, Bathan means –Herd.
While the others believe that this place had been dominated by the Gurus (priests) with their deity and supernatural powers in earlier times and subsequently started calling Gorubathan. Gorubathan Tar, Chel Kola, Dalim Tar some of the places to visit in Gorubathan besides taking walks in the clean clear mountain air.
Many picnic spot are there towards the both bank of the Neora River. Gorubathan is a ideal place for trekking due to hilly terrain. Faforkheti, a small village and a picnic spot for the locals, is situated on the road connecting Gorubathan with Lava. The picturesque village is becoming a tourist attraction.