What is the special about the Magnetic Hills of Ladakh ?
There is a small stretch of road on the Srinagar – Leh Highway in India which seems to defy the simple rules of gravity . This hilly stretch which seems to be clearly going uphill, if you turn off the engine of your car and let your car stand in neutral it will slowly start moving uphill at a speed of about 20 Kmph !. N there is no any type of supernatural power or any extraordinary magnetic force acting on the road as the locals believe . It is all a game of optical illusion ! The road that seems to have an upward slant is in reality form , going downhill.Magnetic Hills
Normally , we use the horizon as a reference point when judging a gradient or plane surface . But if we are unable to see the horizon, we feel confused and can often perceive things to be what they are not . The Magnetic Hills are laid out in such manner that they obstruct the horizon and we get tricked into believing what is not true ! The alignment of the road with the slope of the background hills creates an illusion of car drifting upwards when , in fact the road has a slight downhill slope .