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Roopkund – The Skeleton Lake in Uttarakhand

By Akshatha

Roop means 'beautiful' and kund means 'lake or pond'. Roopkund, a glacial lake in Uttarakhand, is a famous one. It is not only beautiful but there is also a mysterious touch to this lake. Hence, called Roopkund as 'Mystery Lake'. Surrounded by snow-clad mountains and glaciers, Roopkund is also a popular trekking destination. The mystery is the skeletons found in and around the lake; one can actually see the human skeletons in the water and on the banks of the lake.

Roopkund lake

Roopkund Lake in August month
Photo Courtesy: Schwiki

Drenched in snow, Roopkund will be frozen most of the time. When the snow melts, one can see the skeletons inside the water. Scientific research suggests that the skeletal remains are of 9th century AD. Till today no one has found the exact theory for the mystery of skeletons around the lake.


Human skeletons on the banks of Roopkund lake
Photo Courtesy: Schwiki

DNA tests on the skeletons revealed that they belong to different groups of people. The genetic compositions had a resemblance to Iranians and locals. So there are many theories regarding the Skeleton Lake in Uttarakhand. However, with this mysterious touch and breathtaking landscapes around, Roopkund attracts many adventure enthusiasts.

Trekking near Bedni Bugyal

Trekking track on the way to Roopkund
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As funny as it sounds, skeletons in Roopkund are disappearing day by day. Authorities say that many tourists and researchers take back these skeletons from the lake. Due to this, there is a concern for preserving these skeletons. It is actually a worrying matter that these skeletons are disappearing quite regularly.

Roopkund is developed as an ecotourist place and as of now only adventure enthusiasts or curious researchers are visiting this Mystery Lake in Uttarakhand.


Trek route near Didina
Photo Courtesy: Schwiki

Yet, Roopkund located at the foot of two Himalayan peaks: Trisul and Nanda Ghunti is a must visit for its mystic beauty. One can also get a magnificent view of Chaukhamba peak, Ronti peak, alpine pastures and snow-covered mountains from Roopkund.

Lohajung to Didina, Didina to Bedni Bugyal, Baguwasa to Roopkund, Trek from Mundoli, etc. are the famous trekking tracks in and around Roopkund. People can enjoy trekking in the Himalayan ranges and have a different experience.

Auli hill station

Auli hill station
Photo Courtesy: Mandeep Thander

Alpine meadows of Bedni Bugyal, Bedni Kund ( lake), peaceful Lohajung Village, Nanda Devi National Park, Valley of Flowers National Park, the hill station of Auli, Jyotirmath, Gari Bhawani Temple, etc. are some places to visit nearby Roopkund.

Bedni Bugyal

Bedni Bugyal
Photo Courtesy: Sandeep Brar Jat

Travel to the Mystery Lake: enjoy the serene environment, gigantic mountains and Himalayan vegetation. Your journey to Roopkund with all the wonderful trekking tracks and nature will be an interesting one for sure.

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