Magnetic Hill – Ladakh, India

Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference.

The “magnetic hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. On its eastern side, flows the Sindhu, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan The Indian Army maintains a sikh Gurudwara near the hill where Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism, meditated in the 15th century. Due to both the Gurudwara and the gravity hill, the area has become a popular sightseeing destination.

Can anyone ever imagine the movement of a vehicle up a steep mountain, with its ignition off ? Sounds quite unbelievable!   Well, this is magnet hill …. The local administration of this region has put up a bill board marking the hill, to help tourists in recognizing the Magnetic Hill. The board clearly states the phenomenon leaving you to try this experience for yourself. Follow the instructions on the signage and your car actually starts moving on its own at speeds of 10-20 km per hour. And for those of you who are thinking ‘The movement must have been due to the downhill descent and it was just following the rules of gravity.’ Turn your car in the opposite direction and repeat the steps. It will start moving uphill!

However, there could be an alternate scientific reasoning to this phenomenon as well. The Magnetic Hill is a place where the layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a vehicle left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill. The slope of hill is an optical illusion The most important factor contributing to the illusion is a completely or mostly obstructed horizon; without a horizon, judging the slope of a surface is difficult as a reliable reference is missing. Objects one would normally assume to be more-or-less perpendicular to the ground (such as trees) may actually be leaning, offsetting the visual reference.

Plan a trip to this paradise with Road2Travel and experience this captivating phenomenon and theorize for yourself the reason behind its magnetic property. While here, don’t forget to check out the Highest motorable road in the world “Khardung la Pass” @18380 feet , or the beautiful, Nubra and Rupshu Valley or the various high altitude lakes and Monasteries

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Worlds Extreme Road Trips: Manali – Leh

There can never be a perfect plan to ride on this highway, simply because the road conditions are different every year owing to landslides, amount of snowfall, glacial melts and the progress of Border Roads Organisation (BRO), an Army support organization whose job is to build and maintain all roads leading to the Indian Borders.

As one leaves Manali behind, the real climb starts near Rohtang Pass. Traffic along the Manali-Leh Highway ascends and descends through nail-biting mountain passes, fording across streams and glacial melts, which results in some hair-raising moments . The ever changing landscape is mesmerizing and spectacular. Expanses of snow-capped mountains, deep verdant valleys and small quaint villages you come across it all in this beautiful route .

By road the Manali – Leh route will take two days and the route is:

Manali – Rohtang – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes at elevations over 10,000 feet as Oxygen in the air reduces by roughly 40% at such heights. After the first 25 km, the entire highway is above 10,000 feet elevation. The first syptoms of AMS is headache, dizziness and shortness of breath. If you experience any of this make sure you stop and if possible descent 2000 to 3000 feet or look for medical help.

June to September is the time window when the Manali – Leh Highway is open and is considered as the only time for doing a road trip to Leh via the Manali – Leh Highway.

The 490km between Manali and Leh, is one of India’s most beautiful and offers the most incredible photographic opportunities the subcontinent can offer.  If you are interested in undertaking this exciting trip stay at our Hotel at Manali: Hotel Kalpna by R C Hospitality, and let Road2Travel make all your arrangements.