Recently, I went for Roopkund trek which is quite famous for its mysterious lake and about 300 human skeletons found near it. The thing which moved me was the mythological tales behind the places we traveled.
For instance, Bedni bugyal is called so as it is said that the ‘four Vedas ‘were written while sitting on this beautiful meadow. Further ahead is “Ghoda Lautani” which means “Horses returned”. The British had to return back from this point on the ridge due to lack of fodder for the horses.Then comes Patar Nachauni, the place where you’ll find three big rocks, Lord Shiva in his anger cursed the king’s royal dancers and turned them into rocks,Then comes Bhaguabhasa which translates to “Abode of the Tiger”. This was where Goddess Parvati left the tiger and went ahead to take her bath in Roopkund, and finally the tale associated with Roopkund, Goddess Nanda Devi after killing the demon was smeared in blood. So, Lord Shiva with his Trishul created a lake where the goddess took bath. The goddess saw the reflection of her beautiful face and thus the lake has its name ‘Roopkund’.
All these tales were narrated to us by the local tea stall owners, you won’t find these on Google, it’s only when you go there talk to the locals and then they recite you the stories with a whole new excitement level as they have mastered themselves in the art of storytelling. It is also beneficial for them as it is their only source of income at an altitude of 15,750 feet.
The treks in Uttarakhand are amazing with lots of mythological tales attached with them as Uttarakhand is considered as ‘The land of Gods’. Sometimes I think it’s good that in this world of technology still there are some untold stories which the Google don’t know about and I tell you it’s a wonderful experience to sit there with the locals and have such conversations over a cup of tea.There are many more unbelievable stories which I will prefer not to write here because I want people to go there and experience the amazing feel one have while sitting there and chatting with the local folks.Trekking is not an easy task and to listen all these incredible stories you have to trek because that’s how you earn it !
As a trekker I personally don’t want these tales to get popularized because some things should be left untold, something others should be left to discover on their own as I am too a Google person (I don’t know this, lets Google it and see) like most of the people of my generation are ,and for me this makes trekking a beautiful adventure sport.