Thirty years - In search of General Zorawar Singh
(1786 - 1841)

By Amardeep Singh

Hundreds of human skeletons, some with frozen flesh attached to them, can still be found around Roopkund (16,500 feet), a remote glacial lake in the lap of Trishul massif in Himalayas. The presence of these skeletons was first discovered in 1942 by the Himalayan ranger H K Madhwal.

Roopkund lake, India

Photo above : Roopkund lake, India

Roopkund lake on Google maps, India

Photo above : Roopkund lake on Google maps, India

Human skeletons at Roopkund lake, India

Photo above : Human skeletons at Roopkund lake, India

Human skeletons at Roopkund lake, India

Photo above : Human skeletons at Roopkund lake, India

I was fortunate to be schooled at The Doon School, Dehradun (India), an institution that valued the importance of growth by encouraging us to trek in the Himalayas. In 1983, when I was seventeen, a group of senior students successfully trekked to Roopkund, bringing samples of human bones.

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