#60DaysOfSummer – Magnetic Hill at Leh

On the Srinagar-Ladakh highway, there is a natural optical illusion that has been blowing travellers away ever since it was discovered. Magnetic Hill is a must-visit for anyone who’s going to Ladakh from Srinagar or vice versa, whether or not you’re riding on your bike or taking out a car.

The illusion, that has so many travellers absolutely spellbound, makes vehicles look like they’re being rolling upward towards a hill (hence the name) even if they’re stationary. Though the illusion may have a simple enough explanation, we still recommend giving it a shot this summer.

And while you’re there, we do suggest taking the customary photograph of your family or friends in front of the Magnetic Hill board – send us these pictures, and we’ll be sure to share them on our Instagram page.

HOW TO GET THERE

Magnetic Hill is on the highway from Srinagar to Ladakh. The road is closed during winters. But if you’re planning a summer visit, you can’t miss the hill. You can also ask your cab driver to guide you to the spot.

#60DaysOfSummer – Playing with snow at Nathatop

If you’re looking forward to jumping from the average 30 degrees celsius heat to a biting five degrees, pack your bags and be on your way to Nathatop, Jammu & Kashmir.

Though we can’t promise you there will be snow this time of the year (weather is weird like that), we assure you the temperature at Nathatop isn’t going to be over 10 degrees celsius all this week! When Nathatop has snow, closer to winter, the hill station has a host of snow sports. But the rest of the year, you get some great weather, a lovely view of the glaciers and some quiet downtime at the hill station.

If you’re planning to stay over a weekend, we recommend heading over to some budget hotels in Patnitop like Vardaan Resort and Hotel Greentop.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a train to Udhampur or take a flight to Srinagar and book a taxi from there.

#60DaysOfSummer – Skiing in Pahalgam

60DaysOfSummer Skiing in Pahalgam

Want to know where it’s snowing right now? Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir. If you have an itch for going skiing, head straight to Pahalgam right away!

And if you’ve never skied before, don’t worry, Pahalgam has a number of skiing schools that will get you slope-ready in no time. There are quite a few slopes nearby that are suitable for both beginners and trained skiers. And while you’re in Pahalgam, do take the time to visit Gulmarg and Sonmarg two of the most popular tourist spots in Kashmir.

Although the peak season for skiing in Pahalgam is between January and March, given the fresh snow fall in the region this week, it might just be a great time to get away from the heat.

If you’re looking to learn more about skiing in Kashmir, here and here are a couple of resources that you might find useful.

HOW TO GET THERE

Take a flight to Srinagar, then get a taxi or take a bus to Pahalgam. Pahalgam is a two-hour drive from Srinagar.