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A frozen lake which upon melting every year reveals the unnerving sight of the remains of more than 300 people. A small lake known as Roopkund Lake located at the bottom of a small valley in the Himalayas, Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, India. It lies in the lap of massif, the area is uninhabited, at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet). Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is about two metres deep and invites hundreds of trekkers and pilgrims every year. 

Pilgrims attend the Nanda Devi Raj Jat that takes place once every twelve years at Roopkund, during which Goddess Nanda is worshipped.

Skeletons were rediscovered in 1942 by a ranger Hari Kishan Madhwal, although there are reports about these bones from the late-19th century. At first, British authorities feared that the skeletons represented casualties of a hidden Japanese invasion force, but it was found that the skeletons were far too old to be Japanese soldiers. The skeletons are visible in the clear water of the shallow lake during a one-month period when the ice melts. Along with the skeletons, wooden artifacts, iron spearheads, leather slippers, and rings were also found. When a team from magazine retrieved about 30 skeletons, flesh was still attached to some of them. Geneticists, Niraj Rai along with Manvendra Singh at the Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology at Hyderabad, conducted DNA tests on a hundred samples from the lake and compared them to the current Indian population. Results indicated that 70 percent of them had an affinity with Iran, while the remaining belonged to the local population. It is hypothesized that the Iran group took the help of local porters to seek new land for settlement. Later studies placed the time of mass death around the 9th century CE (1,200 years old).
Local legend says that the King of Kanauj, Raja Jasdhaval, with his pregnant wife, Rani Balampa, their servants, a dance troupe and others went on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi shrine, and the group faced a storm with large hailstones, from which the entire party perished near Roopkund Lake.
Oxford University's Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit conducted radiocarbon dating on the remains and concluded that they date back to around 850 AD. In 2013, researchers concluded that it likely that the individuals had been killed in a hail storm. The injuries on the remains indicate that each person was killed by one or more blows to the head, neck, and shoulders. There do not appear to be injuries on any other parts of their bodies, which rules out death by landslide, avalanche, or weapons. As of today, the conclusion that this group of people died due to a severe hail storm remains the most plausible explanation as to what happened to them on their ill-fated journey. However, there has been no verification as to whether this was a group traveling with the king of Kanauj, as legend states.
There is a growing concern about the regular loss of skeletons and it is feared that, if steps are not taken to conserve them, the skeletons may gradually vanish in the years to come. It is reported that tourists visiting the area are in the habit of taking back the skeletons in large numbers and the district administration has expressed the need to protect the area. Efforts have been made to protect that area as an eco-tourist destination. Preserving the possibility of further research is essential if there is going to be hope of learning more about the mysterious group of people that were killed over a millennia ago in the Himalayas. 

Thats' s interesting and strange actually, but what they say people were here b4 us and their remains are also here .

nice article thanks for sharing
After reading this I searched, look at this

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(17-04-2018, 12:03 PM)silverdoll Wrote: [ -> ]strange

Indeed strange. Will try to share more strange things like this. Thanks for reading & commenting.
(17-04-2018, 12:23 PM)Ronit Wrote: [ -> ]Thats' s interesting and strange actually, but what they say people were here b4 us and their remains are also here .

nice article thanks for sharing

Thank You Ron for reading & commenting. Yes, the matter is indeed strange & the nature is still preserving their remains. The lake is mysterious. Will try to share more mystery & strange article like this. Loads of Love.
(17-04-2018, 05:07 PM)sandy Wrote: [ -> ]After reading this I searched, look at this

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Yes, You will get to see more pictures like this in Google. To know more about this Mystery Lake of Roopkund, you can watch National Gepgraphic's presentation "Riddles of the dead". Thanks for reading.
o i will love to read strange thingsSmile