Tucked in a remote
corner of the Himalayas in India,
is a frozen lake, Roopkund, at 16000 ft. In 1942 the accidental
discovery of hundreds of skeletons here generated a
Skeleton Lake unravels
the mystery behind the hundreds of skeletons strewn around the Roopkund
Lake at a height of over 16,000 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas. The
Roopkund riddle started in 1942, when a forest ranger accidentally
unearthed a mass grave in Roopkund Lake. The mystery of Roopkund has
intrigued sociologists, historians and anthropologists as well as local
people for years. It has become the stuff of myth and legend. Fact and
fiction have blended into religious folklore and been carried down the
ages. With hundreds of skeletons strewn on the slopes of the Himalayas
this colossal tragedy has shaken people worldwide.
The cause of this tragedy remains a mystery till now.
Eventually, the riddle has been cracked. It started out as a regular
excavation where the team retrievs several hundreds of bones and
artifacts strewn on the slopes.
However, the most remarkable find came a bit later when the
team discovers a body. It proves to be a rich source of DNA material.
As the test results from different
laboratories around the world start coming in, the various pieces of
the jigsaw fall into place.
Skeleton Lake reveals the secret behind the
lake’s mass grave in Uttaranchal, based on the latest anthropological
Skeleton Lake is a part of the National
Geographic series - Forensic Investigation Report (F.I.R.) .