Trekking in Uttrakhand is popular not only in India but also all over world for the variety of treks it has to offer, from easy to difficult ones, gentle to steep climbs and diversified landscapes.
One of the popular treks of Uttarakhand is Roopkund trek. Offering you overwhelming scenic views, this trek comprises the best landscapes of the Great Majestic Himalayas. The vast and charming landscapes of the trek are so mesmerizing that you will fall in love the nature.
The destination of the trek is Roopkund lake, a serene lake amidst the snow capped mountains of Himalayas, lies in the lap of Mt. Trishul at 16000 feet altitude, from where the beautiful peaks of Nandanghunta are also visible. But the charming place has a lot of mystery attached to it.
Let me tell you that it contains approximately 400-500 human skeletons which can be seen when the lake melts in summers. These skeletons are intact and didn’t moulder at the high altitude of Roopkund.
Many stories based on many assumptions are being believed from years. Earlier beliefs are that it can be a result of a massive landslide or some rituals ending in mass suicide. But later, research of Indian and European scientists in 2004 found out a conclusion that there were two groups of people who lost their lives in a battle against each other.
Some British scholars found a story that the corpses are of a Kashmiri troops who forgot their way back while returning from battle of Tibet in 19th Century.
Some historians believe that the corpses are of mughal army, which was unsuccessful while invading through Garhwal Himalayas.
So many assumptions and not a single definite conclusion, no one till date was able to demystify the history of Roopkund. Some opt for the trek to do research or find a conclusion while some others to experience the thrills related to it.
Mysterious yet so beautiful, Roopkund trek is a complete package of beauty and adventure with mysteries as its enhancing feature.
It has lush green forests of Oak and Rhododendron, picturesque view of green meadows of Ali and Bedni Bugyal, breathtaking views of rocky, ice covered peaks of Mt. Trishul, Nandaghunta, Mt. Choukhamba peeping through the clouds.
If you opt for the trek in summers, then you will be able to get acquainted with mystery of Roopkund which comes in the top list of Mysteries of India. But the scenic location in between the magnificent lofty mountains will make you forget the spine chilling riddle of Roopkund.