Waling is a town and municipality in the western hilly region of Nepal. It is in the Adhikhola valley in the Syangja District of Gandaki Zone of Nepal. It is on the Siddhartha Highway, between Pokhara and Butwal.
Founding and Early History
The name Waling is said to have been derived from the word 'Wali', which is the song that the women folk sing in groups as they plant the paddy in the fields. Waling is famous for its green paddy fields along the banks of Aadhikhola River and its tributaries. People used to visit this place in the monsoon to watch and listen these many groups of these women singing in the rain the "wali' song while planting the paddy.
The Waling Municipality came into existence on December 26, 1996 by incorporating the then Walling,Dhanubase and Pekhubaghkhor village development committes.
Geography and Climate
Walling has six seasons. It is situated between 713 meter- 1596 meter above the sea level.
Area: 124895.40 sq. hectres. Areable land: 2696.70 Sq Hectres Residential Area: 449.90 Hectres Forest/Praire Area : 4484.80 Hectres Average Rain: 2265 mm Minimum Temp: 9.5 degree Celcius Maximum Temp: 32 degree Celcius Climate: Tropical-Subtropical
At the time of the 1991 Nepal census 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.
There are lodges, restaurants and clothing, food and book stores. Most of the hotels and lodges are clustered around the waling mode bus station. Small Heaven Hotel and Lodge,Amar Hotel,New Staff Hotel and Lodge, Hamro Hotel and Lodge, Prasad Hotel and Lodge, National Guest House, Waling Guest House,Waling Fulbari Guest House are among the popular ones.
The town has also emerged as the administrative center for the western Syangja district, with government offices for the passport and citizenship.A health center with inpatient and outpatient facilities is being built with the assistance of Indian embassy.
Waling beautifully stretches along the Aadhilhola river.
The town has grown into an academic town. Waling Campus is a Tribhuwan University affiliated undergraduate college which is the first college in the district. 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.
Culture and Recreation
Waling is gateway to many small villages in the Syangja district and neighboring Palpa and Parbat district. It is connected to Pokhara by microbuses, taxis and buses. There are about half a dozen buses that leave to Kathmandu each day. It is also connected to other big cities in the country like Butwal,Nepalgunj and Birgunj.
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