Magnetic Hill near Leh in Ladakh, India

Can anyone ever imagine the movement of a vehicle up a steep mountain, with its ignition off? Sounds quite unbelievable!  Well, this magnet magic can be experienced while you are traveling from Leh to Ladakh.

In the Magnetic hill, you can see for yourself vehicles moving up at a speed of 20 km/ hour with the engines off.

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 plane to increase their altitude to  escape magnetic interference.


The local administration has also put up a bill board to help tourists recognize the Magnetic Hill. The board clearly states the whole phenomenon. So you can also enjoy a first hand experience as you reach the hill.

Place your vehicle on a specific spot on the road with its engines off and you will soon notice the vehicle moving up at a speed of 20 km/hour.


The “magnetic hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national  highway, about 50 km from Leh, at a height of 11,000 feet above sea-level. On its south side flows the Indus, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan. The so-called magnetic hill has become a popular stop  for domestic tourists on car journeys.


In reality, the effect is an optical  illusion and there is no magnetic disturbance in the area at all.

According to reports, the magnetic effect results entirely from the optical illusion and not out of any magnetic disturbances. Located on  the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national Highway, the magnetic hill is about fifty kilometers from Leh. Magnets or no magnets, the place holds a  great attraction, especially for the nature enthusiasts.

Location of Magnetic Hill:



Mystery Explained:
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 car left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill. There are hundreds of gravity hill locations around the world.


The slope of gravity hills is an optical illusion, although tour guides may claim natural or even supernatural forces are at work. 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. The illusion is similar to the well-known Ames room, where balls can also seem to roll against gravity.
This is a remarkably common illusion that is found in many locations around the world. Usually it is a stretch of road in a hilly area where the level horizon is obscured. Objects such as trees and walls that normally provide visual clues to the true vertical, may be leaning slightly. This creates an optical illusion making a slight downhill look like an uphill slope. Objects may seem to roll uphill. Sometimes rivers even seem to flow against gravity.
There are several things that enable us to sense which way is up. The balance mechanism in our inner ears is one system we have, but visual clues are also important and can be overriding. If the horizon cannot be seen or is not level, then we may be fooled by objects that we  expect to be vertical but that really are not. False perspective might  also play a role. If a line of trees get larger or smaller with distance away, our sense of perspective is thrown off.  Objects far away may seem smaller or larger than they are.

Credits: Article by Mr.Ankit Srivastav in


Our senses and logical mind is limited in clearly discriminating and identifying Reality from Illusion; True from Untrue. Humans alone are blessed with this ability to rise above sensory limitations and tap into the resources of a highly developed cortex in the brain. This is described as higher intellect and intuition.

Wise men in the world – Charaka, Sushruta, Aryabhatta, Sankaracharya, Ramanuja, Chanakya, Asoka, etc., in ancient times to Ramanuja, Edison, Einstein, etc., in modern times have made maximum use of this higher intellect.

There are many more unsung heroes who have developed their higher intellect to varying degrees and become successful in their own fields and contributed to the overall benefit of humanity.

It is each Individual’s Choice / WILL to make a decision to evolve and tap into this higher resource which is available only to humans.

To restate… Humans are those who exercise this WILL available only to them.

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