Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Roopkund – The Mysterious Lake
Roopkund situated in the state of Uttarakhand is at an altitude of 5000mtrs. It is known as mysterious lake because of Human Skeletons found on the edge of the lake. It is beleived that these skeletons are of the heroes who had fought here in the earlier times. The report says that these skeletons belong to 12th century to 15 century. The skeletons were re-discovered in 1942 by H K Madhwal, Ranger in Nanda Devi Reserve.

In 2004 a team of Scientists visited the area to gain more information about the skeletons. After research they found there was a group of short people and tall people who were closely related to each other. Almost 500 skeletons were found and it is beleived that an equal number of skeletong perished due to natural environment.

Becaus of the cold and icy weather condition the skeletons dint decay off or decompose into the soil. The bodies that fell into the lake had a greater shelf life as compared to the onves which remained int he open. Though its still not clear if this group of poeple lived here or if they were heading towards a destination.

Roopkund treak is an adventurous journey which passes through many beautiful forests and lush green grassy land. It is a picturesque destination and a delight for a nature lover or a photographer. The trekking begins from Wan and leads you to one of the finest grasslands Bedni Bugyal, where you would find amny grazing lands for horses, sheep and mules. It is full of charming green meadow adorned with flowers in a spell binding varieties, in full bloom. There is a small lake situated in the midst of the meadow and you will find many temples and waterfalls along the way.

How to Reach there :-

From Delhi to Kathgodam : Take Ranikhet Express that leaves at 10.40 PM and reached kathgodam at 6 AM
or take bus from Anand Vihar ISBT to Haldwani or Kathgodam.
From Kathgodam to WAN : By Taxi the route to WAN is via Almora - Gwaldam - Tharali - Debal - Mundoli - Lohajung - WAN (Rs. 5000)

Alternate route: From Rishikesh/Haridwar hire a cab to WAN. The route would be through Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Karanprayag - turn right to Tharali - Debal - Mundoli - Lohajung.

By bus(Economic option): From Rishikesh take early morning bus to Karanprayag. From Karanprayag take any bus/shared jeep to Tharali (any bus/jeep to gwaldam will go via tharali). It is 2 hrs from karanprayag. From Tharali take another shared jeet to Debal and take another shared jeep WAN

There is a direct bus from Rishikesh private bus stand that goes to Mundoli/Lohajung. It leaves Rishikesh at 4 am. Alternatively there is a direct bus from Delhi to Mundoli/Lohajung. It leaves Delhi Anand Vihar terminal at 9.15 pm, arrives at Kathgodam at 4 am and reaches Lohajung at 5.30 in the evening.

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