The name Torbat in Persian means Burial place, thus the name of the city means Burial Place of Heydar named after Qotboddin Heydar a Sufi mystic whose tomb lies in the heart of the city.
In ancient times this city was known as Zaveh[disambiguation needed] and in the 19th century it was known as Torbat-e Ishaq Khan or Torbat-e Isa Khan after Ishaq Khan Qaraei the powerful chief of Qaraei tribe who ruled as a semi-autonomous governor of Torbat-e Heydarieh and Khaf from 1801-1816. It is located in the center of khorasan provience in Iran. This city is famous for its Zafaran lands. It has the first rank in the world for producing Saffron or Zafaran in Persian.