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MAGNETIC HILL
12/07/2015

 

 

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; in reality, the effect is an optical illusion created by the gravity hill.

 

Out of the several enchanting places in Ladakh, there is one that has mystified people for long and still continues to do so. It is a small stretch of road located about 30 kms from Leh towards Kargil and known as Magnetic Hill of Ladakh. On this particular part of the Srinagar-Leh highway, you would clearly see the road ahead going uphill. Yet if you turned off the engine and let your vehicle stand in neutral, it will slowly start moving and can go up to a speed of 20 kms per hour on its own.

 

What is believed to be at work behind this mysterious phenomenon is a magnetic force so strong that it can pull cars uphill. It is in fact so notorious that even the aircrafts that fly over this region increase their altitude in order to avoid magnetic interference. Every tourist driver that passes through here would kill the engine to let the tourists experience how the car still kept moving. Some people are not aware about Magnetic Hill and just pass through here but the ones who do know stop their cars to verify whether what they heard was true or merely a made-up tale.