THE ROOPKUND LAKE:
A good mystery is loved by everyone but for some, unravelling mystery is everything. Roopkund lake is one of the most beguile and enthralling exemplar of mysterious places getting unravelled and is a must-visit for almost any travel enthusiast and everyone else. One cannot just afford to miss this piece of beauty which never fails to baffle eyes. Constantly battling several adversities which are most likely common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.
It is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake and the area is uninhabited. Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination. It is a shallow lake, having a depth of about two metres. Roopkund has attracted attention because of its human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom whenever the snow melts. Many theories and opinions exist, from purely spiritual to scientific ones, attempting to explain the existence of these skeletons, which date back to 9th century CE. Because of this reason,the lake has also been called 'The skeleton lake'. Some scientists have even concluded that the skeletons of about 200 people discovered near the frozen lake belonged to the 9th century Indian tribesmen who died due to hail storm. It sounds scary right? A bit creepy or weird but this just adds to its eerie beauty.
There are different routes which are seized by trekkers to complete a trek to Roopkund. Generally, trekkers and adventurers travel to Lohajung or Wan by road. From there, they climb a hillock at Wan and reach Ran ki Dhar. Overnight camping can be done there cause there is a flat area which provides for it. Another trekking route starts from Mundoli, near Tharali, which is accessible from Haridwar and Rishikesh . If the sky is clear, one can even see the Trishul Parvat from Bedini Bugyal but lets return our focus back on the skeleton lake. The best time to visit this alluring,mystical lake should be during the summers because the ice melts down and you get to see the skeletons. I bet it will send a chill down your spine.