Roopkund lake is a glacial lake in Uttarakhand, India. As beautiful as it is at the altitude of 16, 470 feet in the Himalayas, the lake is home to a deep and dark mystery.

As the ice melts for one month, human skeletons start to appear on the edge of the lake. The Skeletons are estimated to be of around 300 people dating back to 9BC (1,200 years ago). Eerily, not a single skeleton is discovered intact in the Roopkund, which makes the estimation of the real number pretty tricky.

Several theories hower around about the skeletons proposed by researchers and locals. Roopkund Lake is not a burial site or a religious place, and not even a warzone, it is inconclusive to determine how all these skeletons got there because some of the skeletons are 1000 years old, and some are comparatively recent belonging to the 18th century.

The scientists called Roopkund a disturbed and problematic place. Apart from the skeletons, artifacts are also present there. Roopkund is a famous treck and mountaineers take some bones as souvenirs, which is a major problem as the glacial ice preserves the bone and the DNA both. The fascinating discovery about the skeletons is that most of them don’t belong to the local community. The DNA found in the skeletons could be of Mediterranean heritage.

The cause of death for examined skeletons is common, a blow to the back of the head by a round-shaped object, which implies they died in a hailstorm by hitting rocks.

Roopkund is a beautiful lake but with a mysterious story. If you have it in you, treck to the lake and witness the skeletons.