A glacier lake in Uttarakhand, Roopkund is popular among travelers as the skeleton lake, mostly because of human skulls once found at its edge. Nestled within the Himalayas, the area around this lake is uninhabited and there are no human settlements here though the unearthing of skeletons created an interest among tourists. Around 500 human bones were found in 1942 of people who have lived during the 12th century and possibly died due to some epidemic or in a hailstorm that stuck the Himalayas. This news excerpt made the place popular and vital discoveries were made until 2004. Presently, Roopkund falls on the way to the Nanda Devi pilgrimage center where pilgrims participate in the Nanda Devi Raj Jat festival held once in every 12 years.
Altitude - 5,029 meters above sea level
Best Time to Visit - May-October, winters have extreme cold temperature
Popularly referred to as the Mystery Lake, several myths exist about the skeletons found at this place. But no discoveries have been made about the civilization that thrived on its banks. The place is beautiful and the water is calm. Located at the foothills of Trishul and Nandghungti peaks, autumn is the best time to visit the place. The Nanda Devi Raj Jat festival takes place in the nearby Bedni Bugyal village during this time. Roopkund Lake remains frozen during major part of the year. With beautiful meadows and stunning backdrop of the Himalayas, trek to this place is special.
For adventure lovers, Roopkund offers a number of routes such as via Lohajung, Wan and Bhaguwabasa. The place is around 10 km from Bedni Bugyal.