Magnetic Hill (India)

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Magnetic Hill in Ladakh, India.
A sign near the Magnetic Hill in Ladakh, India

Magnet Hill is a so called "gravity hill" located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is mistakenly characterized as having extreme magnetic properties which are strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. This is likely based on the illusion that some people see of objects which appear to roll up a hill. In reality, this is purely an optical effect caused by the specific layout of hills.

The “magnet Hill” is located on the Leh-Kargil-Srinagar national highway, about 30 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 magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys.[1][2]

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