|Roppkund Skeletal lake, Uttrakhand, India uttarakhandsanskriti.com|
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There are many mysterious places world over and countless people with inquisitive mind go after them either to appreciate or unravel the mystery and in their pursuit, they gain knowledge as well as immense pleasure. The skeletal lake in the higher reaches of the Himalayas above 16000 feet from the mean sea level is a fascinating one because, it has layers of riddle with respect to the presence of human skeletons. Some scientific explanations are available about the mystery
Located at an altitude of 16,470 feet (5,020 m) in the Himalayan region of Uttrakhand state, the Roopkund glacial lake is a popular hiking destination and attracts lots of tourists. Often called 'Mystery Lake', that contains lots of human skeletons, it lies in the lap of Trishul massif surrounded by rock fragments, glaciers and snow-clad mountains.
An interesting feature of this lake that has gained the attention of many anthropologists world over is the presence of hundreds of ancient human skeletons in the lake which has a depth of two meters. They are visible at its bottom when the snow melts every year. That will be for just one month. The general consensus has been that the skeletons belong to a group of people who were killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century. However, the mystery of Skeleton Lake remains a riddle as of today though various explanations are given as to their occurrence in this part that is not fit for human habitation. It was in 1942, for the first time, skeletons were rediscovered by Nanda Devi game reserve ranger Hari Kishan Madhwal. It is said that though their presence had been known since the late 19th century, the British rulers were under the impression that the skeletons represented casualties of a hidden Japanese invasion force. Later it became known that the Roopkund skeletons were very much older than expected and Japanese invasion theory was ruled out.
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As for the common cause of death, the studies of skeletons suggest blows to the back of the head caused by round objects about the size of a cricket ball falling from above. As mentioned above, the researchers concluded that the victims were caught unawares in a sudden hailstorm from which there was no escape for them.
01. Roopkund is a tourist and high mountain hiking destination in the district of Chamoli, Uttakhand state.
02'. Nanda Devi Raj jat takes place here every year and lots of people come here and worship Nanda Devi.
03. The Skeletal lake is a glacial lake and melts once a year and the duration is short- just one month.
04. In the last one decade or so, this lake has become a popular destination for people seeking outdoor adventure.
05. As lots of people flock here during the glacial melt, many of them, out of curiosity, carry away the skeletons as a sort of souvenir.
06. Along with the district administration of Chamoli headed by a Magistrate and collector, the state govt has a plan to develop the area as an Eco-tourism destination in an effort to protect the skeletons.