Leh is a beautiful destination surrounded by majestic snow-laden Himalayan Peaks of Zanskar and Karakoram ranges. It is one of the top tourist destinations in India for holidays. You will be mesmerized by the enchanting views of the blissful Shyok, Zanskar, and Indus rivers. It is a wonderful visual spectacle. Leh’s cold deserts add charm and thrill to your journey as it is a heaven for adventur...
Compelling Pull of The Ladakh, it’s the most mesmerizing place on earth, it allures your every sensory, eyes will feast on the scenery, the nose will get refreshed by such fresh air, no pollution at all, and ears will love the rhythm of the rivers gushing and you will taste the simple meal cooked by natives, and taste will linger in your mouth.
Just a page is not enough even to write a simple summary for Ladakh. Taking a page out of my diary from the tour to Ladakh, I will take you to one marvel and astonishing place on this earth.
The exception to the Law of Gravity
I was met there by Fungsi Wangdu; he was our guide with us on our tour to Ladakh. He just informed us that he is taking us to see one of the wonders of earth and something that says that there are forces far beyond humans can ever understand and something that will truly make you understand the miracle of God.
I was all excited and really wanted to know, see, feel, or whatever this place or thing is. We took a scenic route, which in itself was so beautiful to see the different hues of mountains on our way, the hills and mountains bear different colors as if all are dressed up to make an impression on the visitor someone was white laden with snow, also some were black and grey in color and in those we could see some hills and mountains filled with red, orange and green color. In Ladakh, it seems the time also moves in leisure, coz these holidays were the best time of my life. We were on Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway, we were supposed to go to some hill which is some 30kms from the town of Leh, and at some elevation of 14,000 feet above sea level (it was cold). The whole journey had this beautiful and absolutely amazing panoramic view; the vista had the Sindhu River flowing with us on our eastern side which Fungsi Wangdu told us is originating from Tibet.
And as we arrived at that hill, Fungsi Wangdu, asked the driver to switch off the engine and he said that now the car will move uphill on its own. And trust me that miracle did happen! Miraculous! Incredible and truly and absolutely amazing! I wanted you this again, my car (that is Toyota’s Land Rover-this huge and sexy car) moved at some 20 km per hour’s speed, it was moving up with the engines off. I saw that an engine was off. It was marvelous and something really of world experience coz we had never heard that there is an exception to the law of gravity that is a thing not in motion is defying gravity and moving up a steep slope of this mountain, just so unbelievable isn’t it? Yet this is a miracle of Ladakh, of incredible India, of the sign of the presence of supreme power and amid all the Himalayan wonders this one is far from the most wonderful. The hill has some magnetic properties which pull the vehicle to the top.
There was a billboard put there explaining this admiring and simply mind-boggling phenomenon by the local administration there so that people who pass from there can enjoy this experience firsthand as they pass on this hill.
We placed the vehicle on that specific spot on that road and of course with the engine’s power off, and noticed the vehicle moving up we did this again and again and as we redo this exercise we were equally excited each time.
Our guide also informed us that not only the vehicles but helicopters and aircraft feel the magnetic pull and impact thus these helicopters and aircraft that have to pass through this area have to go at greater speed to avoid the impact of this magnetic hill. And if the aircraft comes within the radius of a Magnetic hill it starts to jerk. Indian Airforce pilots always steer clear of this Magnetic Hill.
And there were a series of questions in my mind as to why did this happen? How? What? In reality, it is some optical illusion and gravity pull of that hill with magnetic properties. In this the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion, that is a very slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope and thus the car left out of gear appears to be rolling up. Well, there is some scientific reason that has been discovered for this, yet it makes it truly remarkable for still this creation which is natural and not manmade which makes it a wonder other than hullabaloo of science.
Fungsi Wangdu gave us this wonderful experience and we really loved the whole tour of Ladakh and especially the Magnetic Hill. The enigma and mystique of Ladakh make it a mysterious land that is shrouded all in myths and legends, it is a land of endless discoveries and “A hermit kingdom of snow carved peaks, barren but stunning terrain, mystic culture, and translucent lakes” it is really a beautiful place which no words can ever even think of describing it.