Traversing through the snowing path that lies in the lap of Trishul massif offers unique and enthralling experience that stands out from mundane journey because it is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.

Roopkund is deemed to be the mystery lake that attracts attention from around the world because it sets the platform to see human skeletal remains that are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake during a one-month period when the snow melts.

Some old wives tales and scientific theories are associated to explain the existence of skeletons that were rediscovered in 1942 by a Nanda Devi game reserve ranger H K Madhwal, although there are reports about these bones from the late 19th century.

National Geographic magazine team recovered skeletons again and flesh was still attached to them. Geneticists Niraj Rai along with Manvendra Singh at Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hyderabad conducted DNA tests and compared them to the Indian population. Results indicated that 70 percent of them had an affinity with Iran, while the remaining belonged to the local population. There is no historical evidence of these theories till now.

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