3 years ago
Destination Waling Calling
SYANGJA, March 21: Waling is nestled among the beautiful hills of Syangja district where the river Aandhikhola crisscrosses. The breathtaking Machhapuchhre mountain watches the place from a distance, and the nearby Khadadevi Bahunthan seems eager to just embrace it. The place got its name from the farmers who used to sing folklores during rice plantation. The name for the farmers’ song -- Waligeet -- evolved over the years to give a name to the place, Waling.
Waling Municipality was formed in 1997 AD, divided into 14 wards. The total population was little over 50,000. The total area of municipality is 128 square kilometers, with borders extended to Birua Rural Municipality and Chapakot Municipality in the east, Galyang Municipality and Parbat district in the west, Bhirkot in the north, and Galyang Municipality and Chapakot Municipality in the south, respectively.
Waling Municipality’s area is mostly covered by hills. The government of Nepal has recently announced to make it a smart municipality. In Fiscal Year 2015/16, it also won ‘the best municipality of the nation’ award. It was awarded as ‘the best municipality of Province 4’ this fiscal year. It was awarded a cash prize of Rs 700,000 for becoming ‘the best place for solid waste management’ in Fiscal Year 2015/16.
Waling Municipality is rich in terms of natural resource, and social and cultural diversity. It has a high potential for tourism. It is also the hub for education, trading, politics, religion, economy and tourism, and surrounding districts Syangja, Parbat, Gulmi, Palpa and Tanahu are dependent on it in various ways. If the resources of this place are mobilized and managed properly, it is possible that it will be recognized as one of the model municipalities of the world.
Aandhikhola and Gausur are important destinations in Waling for their historical and religious importance. Waling is becoming the destination for religious, historic, cultural, agricultural, and adventure tourism.
The municipality has prepared a detailed project report for the promotion of tourism in this area as there is a possibility of development of adventure tourism with activities such as rafting, kayaking, paragliding, cannoning, and rock climbing.
The municipality is organizing international mountain biking competition in 2019. British actor Malcolm McDowell, Bollywood actress and social activist Manisha Koirala, and mayor of Waling Municipality Dilip Pratap Khand jointly announced the competition at an event organized in Waling on Sunday. The mountain biking competition will start from Waling and run through Triyasi, Tallathok, Deldada, Sirkot before ending in Wailing again.
At the event, McDowell said, “Waling Municipality is a piece of heaven and there is nothing impossible in Waling.” He urged the authorities to recognize the potential of tourism of the place. “Adventure tourism is the main possibility of this municipality,” he added.
Also speaking at the event, actress Koirala said: “Tourism is a good way to advertise Nepal in the world. In order to make this possible, all we have to develop infrastructure.”
Locals are hopeful of socio-economic development of this area through tourism. All 14 ward offices have prioritized promotion of tourism in their budgets. The ethnic composition of the area comprises of 99 percent Gurung community.
Sukaraj Gurung, head of ward number 3, said that they are planning to establish a historical museum of Gurungs. There are also plans to promote home stay. Ranadhwoj Gurung, head of ward number 4, said: “At Suntalabari we have began offering home stay along with adventure sports like cannoning and rock climbing.” In order to promote mountain biking, Waling Municipality is planning to launch a campaign ‘one bike per house’.