Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill


We all have studied that gravity pulls all the objects towards it, doesn't it? That’s what Newton proved to that world. But nature always has more things in store than humans could ever imagine. One such place is one of the finest attractions of Ladakh- The Magnetic Hills. It is a gravity-defying place approximately 27 km from Leh City on the Leh-Kargil highway. This place is a designated must-visit attraction while visiting Leh Ladakh. 

Several people do consider Magnetic Hills to be a gravity-defying place but a lot of others take this as a scientific phenomenon. Whatever be the reason, we will be finding it out below. Irrespective of all this, Magnetic Hills has always been a top-notch attraction luring travelers visiting here.

Where are Magnetic Hills located? 

Magnetic Hills are located approximately 27 km from Leh city on the Kargil- Leh highway. If time allows, people taking road trips visit here on their way to Leh city, rest do that on their way back. This attraction is located at an altitude of 14000 ft. near the Sangam. 

Opening hours of Magnetic Hills

This is a landscape and can be visited 24*7. But if you want to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the place and do the gravity-defying drive, you will have to come here between 8 am and 5 pm. You will get to see people flocking the area and between these hours to enjoy the quad-bike ride up the hill.  

What is the best time to visit Magnetic Hills?

The best time to visit Magnetic hills is between June and September. This is the ideal time when travelers visit here on road trips and the weather remains beautiful. 

What are the popular theories related to Magnetic hills?

There are many mythical and scientific theories related to the Magnetic Hills. Where locals believe the mythical theory to be true, scientists have something else to say. Here are the popular theories that are related to the magnificent Magnetic Hills.

The superstition of the locals

The Ladakhis are superstitious regarding the Magnetic Hills and they believe the reason why things go uphill in this place is because it is a gateway to heaven. They believe those who are worthy are pulled by God to heaven. 

Magnetic force theory

A lot of scientists and people believe that there is a strong magnetic force present where Magnetic Hills exist. It is also believed that even airplanes don’t fly over this region because it causes a lot of magnetic disturbances. 

The theory of illusion

Last but not the least comes the optical illusion theory. According to this theory, people believe that Magnetic Hills is a downfall instead of an uphill. It is an optical illusion where people can see that the vehicles go uphill. 

Whatever the reason, if you are visiting Ladakh, do not forget or skip visiting Magnetic Hills.  

What are the places around Magnetic Hills?

While you visit the confusing yet amazing Magnetic Hills there are a few other places at its proximity that can be visited too. Here are some of the best places to visit around Magnetic Hills:

  • Hall of Fame Museum- 23 km from the hills
  • Gurudwara Pathar Sahib- 3 km from the hills
  • Alchi Monastery- 40 km from the hills
  • Sangam- 7 km from the hills

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