Leh-Ladakh has become one of the most desired destinations of tourists for its exotic landscape, several adventurous mountains, crystal clear tranquil lakes and its serene natural beauty. Magnetic hill is yet another marvel of the place that you would not like to miss. You can seemingly defy gravity here as you experience your vehicle moving up a steep mountain with its engine off. All you need to do is to follow the instructions on the signage and see your car moving on its own uphill, at a speed of 10-20 km per hour.
The mysterious Magnetic hill is situated at a distance of 30 km from the city of Leh. For reaching the Magnetic Hill, one needs to take the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway route. The hill is located at a height of 14,000 feet from the sea level. To the eastern side of the hill flows the Sindhu River, originating in Tibet.
Best time to visit
Summer is the best time to be in Leh and experience the phenomenon of the Magnetic Hill between 8am-5pm
Mystifying facts about the Magnetic hill
This mystic place invites you for experiencing a mysterious phenomenon. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill as also, force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In reality, of course, the effect is an optical illusion. The fact is that without a horizon, you are unable to judge the slope. Objects, such as trees, which one normally assumes to be more-or-less perpendicular to the ground may actually be leaning, thereby offsetting the visual reference. The ocular illusion causes downhill slope to seem to be an uphill slant and you seem to be defying gravity. It’s a rare phenomenon found in handful of places in the world.
Besides this scientific explanation of course, folklore has it, that supernatural forces are at work here causing this awe- inspiring phenomenon.
What else can you do there except experiencing this strange phenomena?
Gurudwara Patthar Sahib is another must visit destination. It is said that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs meditated here in the 17th century.
Where to stay?
Leh being only 15-20 kms from Magnetic Hill is the best place to stay