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Magnetic Hill in India

Mystery or optical illusion? The best way to find out the truth is to visit the Magnetic Hill yourself

Best time: June–October

Magnetic Hill
Magnetic Hill
Magnetic Hill
Magnetic Hill

The Magnet Hill of Ladakh is a popular attraction located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway at the height of 4267 m above sea level. This mysterious gravity hill draws people from all over the world. Everyone is curious to try the secret physical phenomenon by themselves. It is believed that various vehicles can roll uphills drawn by some magnetic power. Even aircraft increase their altitude over this region to avoid magnetic interference.

You can come here, turn off the engine of your car and observe the mysterious power drawing your vehicle uphill on speed up to 20 kph. It seems like this hill is breaking the laws of physics. So, what really happens? Magnetic Hill is one big optical illusion. As the horizon in this place is almost completely obstructed, it's hard to understand the appearance of the surface. The slope which looks like going up is actually a downhill slope. So, when you turn off the engine, your car is slowly rolling downhill. Come and experience this phenomenon. Believe in tales about the magnet power, or try to see the way the slope really goes. It's odd and difficult for your eyes to catch the real picture, but anyway it's an interesting and unique experience for everyone.

As the Magnetic Hill is located on the Srinagar–Leh highway (close to Leh), it is accessible only June through October due to the heavy snowfall (November–May).

Practical info

When is Magnetic Hill in India open to visitors?

Visitors can only access Magnetic Hill from June to October due to heavy snowfall blocking the road from November to May. It's recommended to plan and book accommodation in advance during the summer peak tourist season of June to August, and the weather is generally mild enough to enjoy outdoor activities with a clear view of the spectacular landscape. Show more

What is the cause of the Magnetic Hill optical illusion?

The Magnetic Hill phenomenon occurs due to an optical illusion created by the surrounding landscape. The hill is a downhill slope that looks uphill due to the lack of a visible horizon, causing it to appear as if a car is rolling uphill on its own. It's an intriguing visual spectacle that has baffled visitors for years and is a unique experience not to be missed. Show more

Is it possible to access Magnetic Hill by modes of transportation other than cars?

Yes, visitors can reach Magnetic Hill by bike or bus as well as by car. The hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, which can be traveled by several types of vehicles. Visitors must first reach the nearest city of Leh and then make their way to the hill by taxi, bike, bus, or organized tour. It's a beautiful journey with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Show more

What other attractions can visitors see near Magnetic Hill?

Visitors can enjoy several nearby attractions besides Magnetic Hill, including the gorgeous confluence of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers, the famous Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, and the monastic complex of Spituk Gompa. Additionally, the region has stunning natural beauty with snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, vibrant valleys, and outdoor activities like trekking, rafting, and shopping for traditional handicrafts and textiles. Show more

Is hiking to the top of Magnetic Hill possible?

No, visitors are not permitted to hike to the top of Magnetic Hill, which is a restricted military area being used by the Indian Air Force for various purposes, including signal intelligence. However, visitors can park their cars at a designated point and enjoy the spellbinding optical illusion of their vehicle rolling uphill. The beautiful surroundings provide an awe-inspiring view of rugged mountains, barren terrain, and shimmering lakes. Show more

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