Magnet Hill is a so-called "gravity hill" located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The “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 river, which originates in Tibet and goes to Pakistan. The magnetic hill has become a popular stop for domestic tourists on car journeys. The alignment of the road with the slope of the background can give the illusion that cars are able to drift upwards.
However 5 undergraduate students conducted investigation and their research proves gravity does the trick of 'pulling' vehicles uphill.
Every year, thousands of motorists visit Ladakh to witness the phenomenon of the 'Magnetic Hill' where it is said vehicles are pulled uphill automatically. Travellers park their vehicles in the white-marked box on the road to witness the phenomenon. But five students decided to visit the region with magnetometers to know what exactly was happening at the place. And the results were interesting. The students were Sanjay Lakshminarayana hailing from Bengaluru, Yashwant Singh Chauhan hailing from Ajmer Rajasthan, Vinit Soni hailing from Ajmer Rajasthan, Anil Yogi hailing from Jaipur Rajasthan and Devendra Kumar hailing from Kota Rajasthan. All 2nd year& 3rd year mechanical engineering students at' Rajasthan institute of engineering & technology jaipur, Rajasthan'.
The Magnetic Hill is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik National Highway, about 30 km from Leh, at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level. "The investigation using magnetometer was conducted at various different sites along the hill and we made efforts to check for scientific accuracy of the claims," said Yashwant singh, an engineering student.
He added, "If one can imagine a giant bar magnet underneath our feet and the field produced by that magnet is what we have measured at the hill. Earth's surface magnetic field varies from place to place depending upon the magnetic properties of the soil or rocks. Generally, the magnitude of the earth's magnetic field varies at the surface from 25 microtesla to about 65 microtesla. (Tesla is symbolised with a 'T' and is the SI derived unit of magnetic flux density.)