The economy of Kalimpong is agro-based. However, the district has six tea gardens in the Gorubathan block. These tea gardens manufacture high quality CTC grade barring Samabeong tea estate near Lava, which produces orthodox organic variety. The quality of tea has enough flavour and softness and to woo considerable number of tea lovers across the world. Apart from providing sustainable employment, these tea gardens are potential vistas the nature loving tourist folk who can enjoy the enchanting beauties of the lush green plantation fields. Tea bushes spread over the undulating mountain valleys create a mesmerizing visual effect to draw the tourist folk.
All of the six the tea-estates of Kalimpong district falls under the Gorubathan Development Block. They are Samabeong, Upper Fagu, Lower Fagu, Kumai, Ambiok & Mission Hill.