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 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. 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.
Most places in Leh are best when visited during the months of July to September.
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.
The best place to stay is Leh as good hotels are available there.
Yak safari, mountain climbing, trekking can be enjoyed at the hill.
Leh is a multicuisine city serving Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and even Korean. The cuisine here exhibits tints of these foreign influences. Visitors must try out the local dishes which almost define the cuisine here such as Thukpa, noodle soup;Tsampa, known in Ladakhi as Ngamphe (roasted barley floursted barley flour), and Skyu which is a heavy pasta dish with plenty of veggies as well as the very popular and delicious Momos which are steamed dumplings stuffed with vegetables or meat. Drinks include Tea, coffee, beer and Chang which is an alcoholic beverage drunk especially on festive occasions.
One might not be able to spot anything elaborate at the hill, hence if you are on a long day trip to the region, it is recommended that you carry your own food. However, the hill is a mere 30 kms away from the city of Leh, which will have numerous options for eating out.
Magnetic Hill is best seen on a trip to Ladakh and combined with excursions to other nearby attractions of the region. Hit the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway, and you will reach the Magnetic Hill. 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. The hill is a highly picturesque place so It's nice to spend some time there clicking photographs. On the same day it is best to travel to nearby places like the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and the Indus Zanskar confluence and then to return back to Leh.
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