A smooth gradient of purple sand running into jagged textures, or an over filled palette being drained out of colour; these are the visuals created while passing the constantly changing landscapes in Ladakh.
One can see giant rock fingers emerging from the otherwise smooth surface and rocks that appear to have been created by passing a palette knife over molten rock resulting in a quality that can be found only in an oil painting. A geologist would be able to make a precise statement about these weird rock formations and unexpected structures; but from an artistic viewpoint each place when captured as an image becomes a painting within itself. Unforeseen colours are created when textures overlap across these mountains and rocky hills while driving through regions of Ladakh. A change in the topography can be observed every few kilometres, and each space has a strong identity of its own.
All rules are broken when jagged, treacherous looking mountains end in rivers of sand or when the eye is treated to an astonishing view of white undulating hills making for an ethereal setting. Nature plays the 'creative freak' when gray skies descend onto earth and knotted blue threads of a river cut across bizarre landscapes.
Ladakh remains a Mecca for geologists across the world. From sedimentary arrangements to absolute ophiolite formations; Magnificent mountainous magma's merging into metamorphic rocks.
The Magnetic Hill is a gravity hill located a few hours away from Leh. The magnetic properties it possess apparently have the power to pull cars away from their course, causing them to move a little sideways, even aircrafts are said to increase altitude over this region to avoid magnetic interference. However, some sources state that this is a purely optical effect caused by arrangement of the surroundings.
Wide sections of igneous rocks that have altered over the years into serpentinite (a dark - greenish metamorphic rock) form basaltic hillsides composed of olivine (a silicate containing differing proportions of iron, magnesium, etc.) inter-layered with calcsilicates. Such multicoloured rocks on the outlying hills on the way to Changthang demand attention owing to their varying shades of yellow, brown, green and violet.