Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill in Ladakh

Magnetic Hill is located on the Leh-Kargil Highway and is a small stretch that defies the phenomenon of gravity. It is a distance of about 30 km from Leh City, so if you are on a trip make sure to check this place out.

The main reason why this is such a blast among travelers is that it pulls resting vehicles towards itself. Many stories and theories have been attached to Magnetic Hill, which has made it one of the major tourist attractions and a pitstop for tired riders on the highway. 

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Magnetic Hill Legend

The people living in the nearby villages say that this place was once used as a stairway to heaven. Those who rightly deserved were pulled directly and those who didn’t make it. Whether or not this is true, it is an interesting story. Don’t you think?

There are some theories people around the world are curious about -

The Magnetic Force Theory

It states that there is a strong magnetic force coming from the hill that causes the vehicles to move within its range. This has also been testified by travelers from all over the world. In fact, Magnetic Hill has caused planes of the Indian Air Force to go off their route in the past to avoid this interference.

The Optical Illusion Theory

This is another known and accepted theory. It says that Magnetic Hill actually has no source of magnetic force and it is just an optical illusion that makes the vehicle going downward look like they are going upslope. When you visit here, see the vehicle going uphill, which will be actually going downhill.

Other Phenomenon

There are people who classify Magnetic Hills as Gravity Hills that are found all across the world. Some common examples of Gravity Hills are Electric Brae, Tulsishyam in Gujarat, Gansu in Scotland and China respectively.

Location of Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hills is located at 14,000 feet and is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway in the Trans-Himalayan region. Here, the Sindhu River flows to the east part of the hills and makes the surroundings spectacular.

Mixing the beauty with the mysteries makes Magnetic Hill a great attraction among travelers. On your visit, you will see a yellow box marked on the road just a few meters away from Magnetic Hill road. This is the place you have to park your vehicle in neutral gear. This is the spot from where you will see your vehicle move at a speed of about 20 km/h. You can try it too on your next visit and see the magic happen!

Best Time to Visit Magnetic Hill

July to September is the best time to visit Magnetic Hill in Ladakh. During this time of the year, the roads are clear and the weather is pleasant. Also, the enthralling beauty of Ladakh at this time will blow your mind.

How to Reach Magnetic Hill

Here are the ways to reach Magnetic Hill:-

By Air:- Leh International Airport is located about 24 km from Magnetic Hill. You can take a taxi from the airport to reach Ladakh Magnetic Hill. And if you are coming by your own vehicle, follow the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway.

By Train:- Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station, located about 660 km from Leh Ladakh. The station is connected to Delhi and other cities in India by railways. You can hire a taxi to cover the distance.

By Road:- This is the most preferred route by travelers coming to Ladakh. You can start your trip from Delhi and either follow the Manali-Leh Highway or Srinagar-Leh Highway to reach Magnetic Hill. State transport buses, as well as private buses, are also frequently available from Himachal Pradesh to Leh Ladakh. Else, travel straight from Manali to Leh in a personal vehicle.

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