Out of the several enchanting places in Ladakh, The popular Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is said to be a gravity hill where vehicles go against the force of gravity and move upwards on the hill, when parked at the marked location. It is a small stretch of road located about 30 kms from Leh towards Kargil and known as Magnetic Hill of Ladakh at an elevation of around 14,000 feet above sea level.
On this particular part of the Srinagar-Leh highway, you would clearly see the road ahead going uphill. Yet if you turned off the engine and let your vehicle stand in neutral, it will slowly start moving and can go up to a speed of 20 kms per hour on its own. Mysterious?
Many theories have emerged as to why this hill may be fraudulent, a simple illusion or how it may actually be a great discovery and one of the Earth’s many geological wonders.
It is believed that the absence of a visible horizon and the backdrop scenery make a faint downwards sloping stretch appear to be an upward slope, creating the illusion of the vehicles moving upwards.
It is in fact so notorious that even the aircraft that fly over this region increase their altitude in order to avoid magnetic interference. Every tourist driver that passes through here would stop the engine to let the tourists experience how the car still kept moving.
If you however would speak to the locals about it, villagers in particular, they would tell you a different version of the story. For them, this entire concept and area is supernatural.
Irrespective of the theories and beliefs that surround it, Magnetic hill is a nice place to stop by on your trip, just for the fun of it and to experience mystery beyond the limits of our everyday lives.
Best time to visit Magnetic Hill
Most places in Leh are best when visited during the months of July to September.
How to Reach Magnetic Hill
Air: The closest airbase is the Leh airport.
Road: Magnetic Hill is 30 km away from Leh , in order to reach there one must take the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway.
Have you been to Magnetic Hill?
Yes? We would like to know about your experience. Please share it with us.
No? What do you think about it anyway?