Magnetic Hill

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Time Required: 1-2 hrs

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Magnetic Hill, Leh Ladakh Overview

The popular Magnetic Hill of Ladakh is said to be a gravity hill where vehicles defy the force of gravity and move upwards on the hill when parked at the marked location. The hill lies at a distance of 30 km from the town of Leh, at an elevation of around 14,000 feet above sea level. To the eastern side of the hill flows the Sindhu River, originating in Tibet and is an almost essential stopover for all those who travel to Ladakh. An optical illusion or actuality, the Magnetic Hill in Ladakh has mysterious magnetic properties that draw tourists from across the globe.

Many theories have emerged as to why Magnetic Hill may be 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. 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.

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Does the Magnetic Hill truly exist or is it just a figment of a delusional tourist's imagination? A secret you will never truly know if you don't experience it first hand. Nesting pretty at an altitude of 14000 feet above sea level, you have to take the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway to reach the destination. Found at a distance of 30 km from the scenic town of Leh, the Magnetic Hill is girdled by the Sindhu river on its eastern side and cradled in a picturesque backdrop of the Himalayan Range. Just park your vehicle inside the marked box and experience the geological wonder nature has to offer.

People say the Magnetic Hill has superpowers that transport the worthy to heaven. However, there is not one but two plausible scientific explanations behind this majestic magnetic hill. The first theory states that this Magnetic hill is an optical illusion caused by the descending and rising terrain. The alignment of the road and the absence of a visible horizon creates a downward slope to appear like an upslope. The second theory states that the hill exudes a strong magnetic force that pulls vehicles parked within its range. Many tourists and Indian Air Force officials have collaborated with this theory.

The best time to visit Magnetic Hill is from July to September. It is the ideal time to witness flawless landscapes, mighty mountains, a quaint lifestyle and sensational food. Anytime after September may result in adverse weather conditions and the dearth of transport facilities that can disrupt your trip.

Leh-Ladakh has been a favourite spot for adventure-seeking bikers who like to ride it all the way and back. However, if that is not you, Leh has a well-connected airport from where taxies are easily available. You can also journey by train to Jammutawi, 700 km from the valley, which can be covered in a local taxi. The last and most convenient option is the Himachal Pradesh road transport buses. These state buses run regularly from Delhi-Manali-Leh, making it a comfortable and easy journey.

If you are planning a trip to Ladakh, Magnetic Hill is a spot you must check off your list. With a touch of mystery and awe-inspiring views, the tranquil beauty makes it a dream holiday. Once you've chosen your preferred mode of transport, make your way to the Magnetic Hill and enjoy the scenic beauty around you. Enjoy a meal at the Gurudwara and watch an enthralling sunset that encompasses you in its idyllic beauty. You can return to Leh the same day.

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