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Magnetic Hill In Ladakh

A delightful journey towards the mystical Magnetic Hill in Leh
Tourism in Ladakh

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Magnetic Hill, Ladakh

The Magnetic Hill in Ladakh is a road stretching on the Leh to Kargil national highway in the Himalayan region at an altitude of 14,000 KMs which is about 30 km from Leh. Magnetic Hill has Sindhu River flowing in its east which gives it picturesque beauty with the background of magnificent Himalayan Mountains. Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is also known as the ‘gravity hill’ since the area layout and the surrounding land creates an optical illusion by making a downhill slope appear to be an uphill slope. So, if a car is kept in neutral gear, it will start rolling uphill against gravity up to 20 Km per hour speed on its own. It is conceived that this mysterious wonder happens due to magnetic force. Hence the aircraft flying on this region increase its altitude to escape the influence of the magnetic field. Some people just drive through this region without knowing this effect. But those who know would stop their car at the spot to experience this mystical happening. This effect will work only at the right spot not anywhere else.

Magnetic Hill Myth

Magnetic Hill has an eccentric belief attached to it. The local people of the place has a view that earlier this road was the gateway to heaven. The people who did good deeds were taken directly to heaven through this road.

Magnetic Hill Illusion

This story states that there is no presence of any magnetic force on Magnetic Hill. It defines the gravity-defying phenomenon which states that the optical illusion makes the Magnetic Hill look like an upslope because the optical illusion causes downslope.

Activities to Do at Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill is a scenic place where one can admire the natural and surreal beauty of nature. One thrilling activity which one should definitely try in Magnetic hill is quad biking which is one thrilling experience of the lifetime. Another interesting thing to do here is to experience the gravity phenomenon by placing your car at neutral gear at the yellow box which is near Magnetic Hill only. After some time, you will notice the car moving on its own at a speed of 20km/hr. This is a great experience to witness here in the Magnetic Hill.

The BRO (Border Roads Organization) has marked the spot by putting a billboard and a yellow box on the Magnetic Hill road to let the people know the right spot. Local village people of this area believe that this place has supernatural powers and this path will lead to heaven. They have folklore that says that the good people will be pulled on to this path while the others will be left out. But in reality, it is a purely optical illusion not magnetic force or supernatural power.

Magnetic Hill’s geographical location and high altitude make the magic here. To experience this peculiar effect, pack your bags and start towards Magnetic Hill in Ladakh and forget about reality for some time and be mystified in the beauty of this unbelievable place.


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    Absolutely. In fact, you will have plenty of time left to check out monasteries in Phey and Spituk.

    It is a point where the backdrop of snow-covered mountains and the view of road offers an interesting illusion that vehicles are moving uphill without any force.

    The famous Magnetic Hill is located about 27 kilometres from Leh on Leh–Srinagar Highway.

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