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Waling (वालिङ) a heart of Syangja (One of the 75 district of Nepal)... is a small valley covered with hills. It is a town and municipality in the western hilly region of Nepal. It is in the Aadhikhola valley in the Syangja District of Gandaki Zone of Nepal.
Founding and early history
There is a number of folklore about origin of the word Waling. One of them mentions it to be derived from the word wali - the monsoon folk songs sung by women in fields while planting paddy. Waling is famous for its unending paddy fields on the plains along banks of Aandhikhola River and the undulating terraces in mountain slopes that are crisscrossed by numerous creeks. Many people used to come to watch these festive women groups singing wali and planting paddy beautifully in unison in the monsoon drizzle.
The town itself is on the banks of river Aandhikhola that flows west along the valleys and gorges in the western lesser himalayan mountains to meet the famous Kaligandaki river. Mythology dates back the origin of Aandhikhola to the ancient time of Dwapar Yuga described in Hindu Puranas during the period of King Dasharatha, the father of Lord Ram of Ramayana. During that time, a pious and aged blind couple had a devoted son named Shrawankumar. The old couple wished a pilgrimage before their death and Shrawan Kumar was on journey carrying them on his shoulder to fulfill their desire. On the way in a forest near Himalaya, his parents became very thirsty. He left them in a comfortable tree shade and rushed to a nearby river promising to return soon with water. As he hurriedly plunged his pitcher in the water, it produced a noise like that of a wild animal. King Dasaratha was hunting nearby and happened to hear the sound. The king could shoot his target without seeing the target only with guidance of sound.He assumed the sound to be of a wild beast and shot his arrows in the direction. As he arrived, he saw a young man lying dead with his arrow piercing his chest. He then saw the pitcher and immediately realised his mistake. The guilt-ridden king quietly carried water to the old couple but they demanded to know about their son before drinking it. When he told them about his mistake resulting in their son's death, they began to cry and died in the spot leaving behind a pool of tears which transformed into a small lake. A stream began to flow from this lake. The term 'Aandhi' means 'blind' and 'khola' means 'river' in nepali language. Thus this new river got its name as Aandhikhola referring to tears of Shrawan Kumar's blind parents.
The Waling Municipality came into existence on December 26, 1996 by incorporating the then Walling, Dhanubase and Pekhubaghkhor village development committees.
Geography and climate
Waling has six seasons.
Average rain: 2265 mm
Minimum Temp: 9.5 degree Celsius
Maximum Temp: 32 degree Celsius
It is situated between 713 meter- 1596 meter above the sea level in the fold of the mountains that are considered part of inner lesser himalaya in Syangja district of western Nepal. The geology of inner Lesser Himalayan rocks constituting the Ksuma-Syangja area in western Nepal are separated into the Lower Nawakot Group, Upper Nawakot Group, Sirkot Group, and Tansen Group, respectively from bottom to top.
Natural and artificially promoted erosion and slope instability in those hill and mountain area are drasticly threatening the ecological balance. A geological study of rock structure and slope stability study of Walling area done in 1981 described a potential risk mapping method that was quick, giving a good picture of the condition of the terrain and based only on the relationship between the rock structure an topography.
Syangja district has been described as one of the most disaster prone areas in western Nepal. The geological and climatic condition have resulted in extremes of landslides, debris flow, flooding and wild fires. Most of the disasters have been natural and in the recent years, there is some evidence of increase of flooding, land sliding, deforestation and land degradation. The district ranked second highest, along with Makawanpur, with the total number of landslide events occurred during the period 1971–2000 being 46. It also ranked highest in terms of landslide density and loss of property compared to other districts. Landslides at Dhanubase (Dhanubaseko pahiro) is a major vulnerable hotspot in Waling area. Waling falls under the very high hazard probalility area according to the Syangja district disaster management plan.
Waling Municipality at a Glance (Year 1999/2000).
- Area: 124895.40 square hectares.
- Arable land: 2696.70 sq hectares
- Residential area: 449.90 hectares
- Forest/Prairte Area : 4484.80 Hectres
Waling stretches along the Aadhilhola river.
Waling Municipality, in the initiation of Waling Jaycees, is launching a campaign from January 2012 to develop the city into a rose city with each residents planting at least two rose plants at their home.
According to National Population and Housing Census 2011, Waling municipality had 5952 households with a total population of 24,006 which comprised 10809 males and 13197 females. The population has increased since the time of the 1991 Nepal census, when it had a population of 8,767 people living in 1,674 ;individual households.
The crime rate is relatively low compared to the other cities in the country.
Waling's economy is mainly based on the trade, foreign remittance and agricultural produce. Siddhartha Highway has been the economic life line connecting it to the major towns of Pokhara in the east and Siddharthanagar in the west. Before the construction of the Siddhartha Highway, Waling was a major trading outpost in the hilly trade trail connecting the towns in Terai and India with the Baglung Parbat, Kaski and the surrounding northern region.
Waling Municipality at a Glance ( Year 1999/2000).
- Own Source Revenue: NRS 2923798.
- Total Income: NRS 7307803.
- Total Expenditure: NRS 6698217.
- Number of Financial Institutions: 45
- Number of Industry:62
- Number of Shop: 1260
- Number of Hotel/Restaurant: 73
- Black Topped Road: 8 Kilometers
- Gravelled Road: 10 Kilometers
- Earthen Road: 31 Kilometers
- Number of Street Lights: 112
- Number of Telephone Line: 600
- Number of Post Office: 1
- Number of Public Toilet: 1
- Number of Public Drinking Water Tap: 225
- Number of Private Drinking Water Tap: 75
- Number of Municipality Employee: 49
It is the local business center for the region with a number of food, construction materials, apparel and pharmaceutical retail and wholesale businesses. It elects its own chapter in the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the promotion of business and industry in the area. It receives a considerable amount of remittance sent by youths working mainly in India, Gulf countries and Malaysia. There is also a large number Indian and British army veterans living in the area whose remittance in the form of pensions and benefits has been a vital part of the economy since decades. Waling has a number of lodges and restaurants.
- Nepal Bank Limited 
- Garima Bikas Bank Limited 
- Muktinath Bikas Bank Limited
- Laxmi Bank 
- Nepal Investment Bank Ltd.(NIBL)
- Machhapuchchhre Bank
Agriculture continues to have a dominant share in the local economy.Most of the farmers have been sustenence farmers but lately many are also engaged in producing cash-crops which is sold in the nearby larger cities,mainly Pokhara and Butwal.
Paddy, wheat, maize, millet and legumes are the principal crops of the region. The production of rice and wheat crops in the same year is the predominant cropping pattern in the area. Weeds are a major problem in both crops grown under this system. A survey study during 1998/1999 wheat season identified major crop weeds in Waling, in decreasing dominant ratio, to be Soliva anthemifolia , Vicia sativa (local name: Kutil kosa/ akara ), Chenopodium album (local name: Narabethe/Bethe sag), Stellaria media, Cynodon dactylon, Polypogom fugax, Melilotus parviflora, Lactuca sp., Alopecuros sp, Phalaris minor, Polygonum hydropiper, Polygonum sp, Oxalis corniculata, Mazus sp., Gnaphalium sp., Lathyrus aphaca, Equisitum sp., Fumaria parviflora.
The more fertile irrigated fields for those crops are at valley bottoms and foothills whereas the unirrigated terraces are at higher altitude.Waling is also famous as a major ginger producing area in the Nepal since years. The other produces are oranges and green vegetables. In the recent years many farmers have also started coffee production and the region is quickly becoming renown for its high quality organic coffee that gets exported to US, Japan and other parts of the world. Waling is the gateway to many villages that are focusing to add the village tourism in their economy.
Coffee is being cultivated between 700 m to 1300 m above sea level in fertile, loam to infertile gravel mixed soil in Waling area and other parts of Syangja district. The largest orchard in the district has 4000 plants and in others the number of plants ranges from 100 to 400.The common varieties of coffee grown in the area are Bourbon, Pacamara, Caturra and Yellow Caturra. Most of the coffee plantations in Syangja district have shades provided by already existing indigenous fruits and fodder plants as Sal, Katush, Chilaune, Nivaro, Badhar, Bedulo, Tote, Khaniya, Mayal, Kimbu, Suntala, Nibua, Amba, Kera, Mewa, Rukh katahar, Naspati, Aaru, Anar . Imported plants as Ipil-ipil, Rai grass, Dadab have also been used as shade plants. The coffee is organically grown and plants such as garlic, chinaberry, neem, siam weed, stinging nettle, smart weed, mug wart, prickly ash, malabar nut tree, marry gold and tobacco plant are usually used to prepare plant based organic pesticides for managing insects and diseases as a local solution. The relatively serious and common diseases identified in the plantation were Anthracnose (Collectotrichum gloeosporioides Penz.), Brown eye spot (Cercospora coffeicola), Damping off (Rhizoctonia solani), and Wilt disease (Fusarium spp.). Other minor diseases like sooty mould and algal spots have also been reported. Common insect pests in the orchard were white stem borer, red stem borer, green scale, mealy bugs, aphids, Snail, grasshopper, hopper, hairy caterpillar, case worm and tortoise beetles. A number of organizations like DCPA, CoPP HELVETAS, DADO and other local non-governmental organizations are providing support to the coffee farmers in the area.
Waling is among the major areas in the Syangja district that produce sweet oranges. In 2010/2011, Syangja became the top district among 68 districts by producing 11,571 tonnes of oranges.
Other Traditional Professions
Many households in Raipal of Waling municipality work as blacksmith. It is an ancestral tradition for many Dalits, mainly Biswakarma. Commonly manufactured items by forging wrought iron and steel are khukuris, sickles, spades, daggers and axes.
The Department of Mine and Geology of Nepal has identified Waling among potential mining site for raw material for cement.
The city has been organizing a festival called 'Waling Mahotsav' annually since the last three years . A huge number of people in the region flock the festival to watch and listen the artists singing the local folk songs 'lok-dohori' and other artists performing other cultural events.It also has numerous other entertainment stalls .It has also been a venue for promotion of local produce, industry and business.
Nepali is the language of communication of vast majority of the population in the city and region. The other major ethnic languages spoken by a number of people are Magar,Gurung and Newari. The Magars of syangja and palpa district speak in distinct western dialect of the magar language whereas those of the Tanahu,Gorkha and Nawalparasi speak in eastern dialect.
Waling has two Community radio stations.
Radio Andhikhola 105.4 MHz is a cooperative community radio station which was formally inaugurated on November 22, 2007. This is the first radio station of the Syangja district and can be heard in neighbouring 15 districts.
Community Radio Waling 89.2 MHz (CRW) is a non-profit entity established by the NGO - AGECO Nepal, with a mission to promote organic agriculture for protection of environment and ecological conservation.
Waling is in the parliamentary constituency area number 2 of the Syangja district. In the constituent assembly election of 2008, Gopalman Shrestha of Nepali Congress got elected with 17247 votes. His nearest competitors in the election were Chakra Bahadur Parajuli of Communist Party of Nepal (UML) with 12173 votes and Deepa Bhusal of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) with 11824 votes.
It also functions as the administrative center for the western Syangja district. Many government and other organizations have offices in Waling, including:
- Waling Municipality Office
- Area Administrative Office
- Office of the Department of Roads
- Sericulture Development Office
- Area Forest Office
- Nepal Telecom
- Butwal Power Company
- Area Police Office
- Armed Force Police Office
- Primary Health Center.
- Khahare Dhanubase Aayurberd Aausadhalaya
A cross-sectional survey conducted with sample population from two developing towns of western region, Waling bazar and Kusma bazar, found a relatively high point prevalence of 35.4% of conspicuous psychiatric morbidity (mental illness readily detected by primary care provider). This relatively high prevalence was thought to be due to less stable social structure in towns in transition.
Waling continues to remain afflicted by the growing epidemic of HIV like the rest of the country. A NGO estimates the number of children affected by AIDS in Syangja to be about 800 and only 12% of them have been able to benefit from the offered services. Unlike other parts of the country where the majority of infected are dalits, the majority of the infected in Syangja are from brahmin,chhetri,magar community. Sankalpa Sahayog Samuha is the only organization in Syangja district working on protection, care and support on HIV/AIDS in Waling.
The zoonotic pork tapeworm Taenia solium which causes porcine cysticercosis and human taeniasis/cysticercosis, is also an increasing public health problem in Waling area like many other parts of the country where pork is commonly consumed. An epidemiological study of porcine cysticercosis in Tindobate, Tulsibhanjyang,Jagatradevi and Waling of Syangja district examined 419 pigs for lingual visualization and palpation for cysts and found that 32.4% were positive. The blood samples from 201 of those pigs in this study were also sent to Centers for Disease Control (CDC, Georgia, USA) for enzyme-linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) analysis and it showed a high prevalence rate of 24% while 6% of them had old infections or exposure.
Waling Municipality at a Glance ( Year 1999/2000).
- Number of Health post :3
- Number of Bed: 3
- Dumping Site: River
- Solid Waste per day : 1.5 Metric Ton
The town has grown into an academic powerhouse of the region. Waling Campus was inaugurated in December 18, 1980 and is the first college in the Syangja district. The college has been extensively supported by the local community and it currently offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degree in a number of subjects. It is a private affiliated college of the national Tribhuvan University .
Purnamrit Bhawani High school is a high school in the region. Pioneers English Boarding School, Bhu Pu Sainik English School, BAL Vidhhya Vikash English School, Adarsha English Boarding School are the private high schools. There are a couple of primary schools and a paramedic training school.
Waling Municipality at a Glance ( Year 1999/2000).
- Number of Primary Schools: 17
- Number of Lower Secondary Schools: 3
- Number of Secondary Schools: 6
- Number of Technical Schools Under CTBT: 1
- Number of Higher Secondary Schools: 4
- Number of College: 1
Waling is gateway to many small villages in the Syangja district and neighboring Palpa and Parbat district.
The pokhara airport about 60 Kilometers northeast from Waling. It is well connected well by public buses,minibuses and taxis with a very frequent schedule.
Bhairahawa airport is about 160 Kilometers southwest from Waling. Buses and Minibuses leave daily and regularly from Bhairahawa to Pohkhara via Waling along the Siddhartha Highway.
There is a frequent and daily schedule of buses and minibus run by the Siddhartha Highway Public Transport Syndicate, that leaves from Sunauli, Siddharthanagar and Butwal to Waling with their final destination of Pokhara along the Siddhartha Highway. The express service has fewer stops and relatively expensive while the local service has more stops along the way and relatively cheaper.
There is a regular daily bus service connecting Waling with Nepalganj.
From Pokhara, there is a very frequent schedule of minibuses and buses affiliated with the Siddhartha Highway Transportation Syndicate leaves to Waling from Pokhara Prithvi Chok and Buspark. There are also a number of taxis which leave from the Pokhara Prithvi Chok. They are relatively expensive but faster compared to buses and minibus. Average travel time in taxis is about 90 minutes from Pokhara to Waling.
From Kathmandu, there is a frequent schedule of public buses and minibus leaving at early morning, morning, early afternoon and evening from the Kathmandu Buspark and Kalanki Chok. Most of those are affiliated with the Prithvi Highway Transportation Syndicate. Kathmandu is about 260 kilometers from Waling and the average travel time is about 8–10 hours. The route is considered one of the most beautiful, crossing many small villages in the mountains of the middle hills of Nepal.
To Promote local culture Waling has one FM radio station Radio Aandhikhola - 105.4 MHz Which is a Community radio Station.
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