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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill

A Hill with Magnetic properties

Magnetic hill also known as gravity hill (and sometimes called as a mystery hill or a gravity road), is a place located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 km from Leh.

The magnetic Hill is located at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. To the eastern side of the hill flows the Sindhu River, originating in Tibet and goes to Pakistan. The layout of the surrounding land produces the optical illusion that a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Thus, a car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill.

Magnetic hill near picturesque Leh has magnetic properties which attracts metallic objects, making vehicles move up at a speed of about 20 km per hour with their engines off. The local administration has put up a billboard near the "Magnetic Hill" for tourists stating that if a vehicle is placed on a particular spot on the road and the engine is switched off, it would not slide down but move up. The "Magnetic Hill" is one of the several unique places which one can find in Ladakh.

Places of Interest:

Shanti Stupa
Shanti Stupa

A Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa

Leh Palace
Leh Palace

Overlooks the Himalayan town of Leh, modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

Tso Gompa
Tso Gompa

A three-story high gold idol of Maitreya Buddha and ancient manuscripts and frescoes.

Sankar Gompa
Sankar Gompa

A relatively modern, attractive cluster of buildings set amongst trees above the town.

Leh Bazaar
Leh Bazaar

Arguably the most crowded place of Leh, having almost every kind of shop.

Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

A museum constructed and maintained by Indian army.