In 1942, a British forest guard made an alarming discovery in Roopkund, India. That summer, the melting ice revealed a terrible tragedy that had occurred. At the bottom of a small valley, some 16,000 feet above sea level, he found skeletal remains that either lay strewn around the lake or floating in the water.Fearing a Japanese invasion, the British government sent a team of investigators to determine if this was true. Upon close inspection, however, the team realized that the remains were not fresh. Over 500 remains were found with flesh, hair and bones preserved by the dry, cold air but no one could determine how long they had been lying in the valley. Many theories were put forward, from ritual suicide to epidemic to a flash freeze.
It has been hard to speculate where these people were headed as there is no historical indication of any trade route around that area. Trapped in the valley, the bodies remained obscure from the world until their gruesome discovery centuries later by Ranger H.K. Madhwal on that fateful day!