Roopkund - The Mysterious Lake
Roopkund is also known as 'Mystery Lake' since human skeletons and remains of horses from the Paleolithic age were found here, is located at the base of Trishul peak and Nanda Ghunti. The lake is nestled amidst panoramic mountain scenery, surrounded by rock-strewn glacier.
Roopkund remains frozen for almost all the time of the year. The skeletal remains around Roopkund are believed to be 500-600 years old. While traveling to Roopkund you get a chance to trek through villages rich in pahari culture.
Visit high alpine meadows offering enchanting greenery and the sacred Bedni Kund holding crystal clear water. The trek goes steep to Roopkund from Bedni Bugyal. Baguabasa is situated at an elevation of 4,100 mts above sea level, situated 5 kms short of Roopkund. The weather is unpredictable at such high altitudes so do carry raincoats.
Roopkund Travel Guide
Distance from Delhi: 492 kms + 34 km (trek)
Best season: May end to October
Roopkund and Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra
The great 'Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra' is held in every 12 years from Nauti village near Karnaprayag to Homkund near Roopkund. This yatra is dedicated to Goddess Nanda. A large number of people from Garhwal and Kumaon take part in this tough holy yatra.
Many stories were also made about the mysterious human skeletons of Roopkund. According to research it was indicated that the people were from the 12th century to the 15th century who died of hailstorm. But it is still a mystery that what were those people doing there.
How to reach Roopkund?
The starting point of the trek is Lohajang Pass which is well connected by motorable roads. The trek from Bedni Bugyal to Roopkund is difficult and is meant for those who are properly geared up and have prior trekking experience. Roopkund is situated 14 kms from Bedni Bugyal.
Road Route to Roopkund from Delhi:
Accommodation in Roopkund?
Wan is the last point where you can get accommodation facility while traveling to Roopkund. You will find GMVN Guest house in Wan. During the remaining trekking route you must carry your own camping tents for accommodation.
Nearby Tourist Places
Bedni bugyal is the most scenic spot en route Roopkund, offering best views of the mighty Trishul parbat (7,120 mts). Ali Bugyal is a vast expanse of green meadows with coniferous trees on the slopes. Both Bedni Bugyal and Ali Bugyal act as a perfect camping spot while trekking to RoopKund.
Mythology of Roopkund
According to the Hindu mythology, when Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva were heading to Kailash after annihilating the demons, the goddess wanted to clean herself. Shiva then created a 'kund' or lake with the help of his Trishul so his consort can have a bath. While taking a dip in the lake, Parvati saw her beautiful reflection and was bewitched by it. Hence, the lake was named as Roopkund.
While, the other legend states that, Raja Jasdhaval, the King of Kanauj angered the Goddess Nanda Devi by taking his pregnant wife along with numerous dancers, musicians, and servants on a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi shrine. Having disturbed the peace of her sacred land with their elaborate entourage, Rani Balampa, the Queen of Raja Jasdhaval then delivered a baby at a cave nearby (considered as unclean for a certain period of time). The entourage followed by other unpleasant events infuriated the Goddess and she showed her wrath in the form of a severe storm. It is believed that hailstones as big as tennis ball fell on the head of the pilgrims, which lead to their sudden death.
Roopkund is famous for?
Roopkund is famous among tourist as Mysterious Lake, Trekking.
Roopkund is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups.