Duradanda VDC, according to the 1991 Nepal census, has a population of 2135 people living in 430 individual households. It is a three hour walk form Sundarbazar, a village market. Facing east, it lies between river Kirenche in the east and Paudi River in the south and Chadreswar Village in the west .There are 4 Primary Schools and one high school named Sanskriti Sadan in the village of Archalyani.
Puranokot VDC, according to the 1991 Nepal census, has a population of 1666 people living in 330 individual households. Puranokot is comprised of two words, Purano + Kot (old + fort) and has a very important significance in establishing first Shah ruler in the lower part of Lamjung against the Ghale Rajas of upper Lamjung. This course of action has ultimately changed Nepal’s history. This historical village is a Gurung’s village situated on the lap Purankot peak. Tourists will soon have the opportunity to hike between these beautiful villages with breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range. They will stop along the way to experience cultural activities, sample local cuisine, and enjoy the hospitality of village families while staying the night in one of their charming traditional homes.
Another one of the activities will be the chance to rock climb a 300 foot stone wall above the village of Puranokot.There are also some historical heritage sites in this village like the ramparts of the Lamjung Durbar believed to be built in the 15th century and religious places as the Kaulepanidevi Temple and the Lamjung Klaika Temple.
ESTABLISHMENT OF SHAH DYNASTY IN LAMJUNG
History is evident that people of Lamjung especially from Dura Danda have played an important role in shaping the future of Nepal. It is not just well known in Lamjung but has carved a special chapter in the history of Nepal due to the process of establishing the Shah Dynasty. During the early days of the Shah Dynasty, there was no king in the lower Lamjung state and a suitable king was sought.
Then Khaje Dura, Dadhiram Dura and Madhav Dura, Chamu Dhingal, Sukraj Kepchha and Kusmakar Ghimire approached Kulamand Sahi the king of Kaski and asked for his son Kalu Shah. The second son of Kulamandan Sahi was taken to the Lamjung and was made King at Puranokot in Lamjung in opposition to the Ghale king of Ghanpokhara. After three months Kalu Shah was invited to meet the Ghale king on the pretence of there being a treaty established between them. Kalu Shah and Naran Dura together went to the forest of Sisi Dhunga near Baglungpani to hunt and, whilst hunting they were murdered.
On the premature death of Kalu shah, Yasobrahma Shah (also known as Jasmu Shah), another son of Kulamandan Sahi was placed on the throne by Khaje Dura on Saturday the 15 Asad 1550 BS. 21st of Kartik and 27th of Push are the two very important calendar dates. 21st Kartick is a Khaje Memorial day. On this day a grand celebration take place in his memory. 27th of Paush is equally important as this day is celebrated to commemorate the day on which Khaje Dura had offered Sindur/Abir to Yeshobrahma Shah as part of the process of establishing the Shah Dynasty. In addition to this, this day is also celebrated as the birthday of king Prithivi Narayan Shah, who is the symbol of national unity. Pritivinarayan Shah the founder of the modern Nepal was the direct descendant of Yasobrahma Shah.