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Khewra Salt Mines of Pakistan

Posted on June 14, 2007
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A friend recently sent me few photos of Khewra area and that got me interested in finding more about the famous Khewra Salt Mines and Tourist Resort. Following is a combination plate of what I already knew and what I learnt new about Khewra.

History:

Geologists put the age of rock-salt found in Khewra at about 600 million years. In geological timescale this time period is called Precambrian. It is said that discovery of rock salt in Khewra area dates back to as early as circa 326 BC. According to a legend, the army of Alexander the great was resting in Khewra area after a battle with Raja Porus. Some horses of Alexander‘s army were then seen licking rock salt in the area. Somebody from Alexander‘s army noted down the incident in his ledger or diary and hence?we came to know that salt was discovered?here circa 326 BC.?History is however silent?on which language this incident was recorded in (Greek?) or where is that diary now. But since those days people in the area continued to collect salt from the out crops of salt seams that were exposed at the hill surface.

It is said that the chiefs of ‘Janjua-Raja’ tribe were the first to initiate the standard mining practices here in the 13th Century. However, a chronology of the Mughal Rule in the Sub-Continent says that when the Mughals emerged supreme in the Punjab, they took over the mine from the local tribal chiefs and, thereafter, started to work on it until Punjab came under the Sikhs. Under Sikh rule the mine came up to be known as ‘Khewra Salt Mine’. The British ousted the Sikhs and annexed Punjab in 1849 and renamed the mine as the ‘May Mine’ in 1870.

In 1872, Dr. H. Warth, a renowned British Mining Engineer, laid out the main tunnel at ground level. He proposed that only 50% of salt be excavated from the working seam while the remaining 50% be left as pillars. 155 years later this same methodlogy called the ‘room and pillar’ method is still being used in Khewra mining operation.

..Photo to the left shows rail tracks in the main tunnel of the mine. Can you also see some ghosts walking in the tunnel….

To make salt from Khewra mines accessible to rest of India, British laid a railway line which was opened as a meter-gauge on January 1, 1883. It was later converted to a siding and a broad gauge line was laid which is operational to date.

Salient Features:

Khewra salt mines are the second largest salt mines in the world, outdone only by Wielicza salt mine in Krakow, Poland.

At present the Khewra Salt Mine is in the control of a federally controlled corporation i.e. Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC).

.. Photo to the right is the main entrance. The date written on top-middle of this arched gate is 1916-17. The Urdu sign reads ‘Salt Mine Khewra’ which is literal translation of English text to the left. Until few years ago the sign in Urdu had Persian influence and it used to say ‘kaan-e-namak Khewra’. Sign of changing times!!…

Ok. Get ready to digest some numbers in this paragraph. There are 19 levels (similar to stories in a building) in the mine. Seven levels are above ground and twelve are underground. There is a clearence of 50ft of salt/rock between each level. Annual extraction of salt here is around 315000 tonnes (in 2003-04). The mine is 350m above sea level and goes 730m deep into the mountain. The cumulative length of tunneling which is done inside the mine is more than 40 km. Inside the mine there are seven rock salt seams with an accumulated thickness of 150 metres.

In spots the rock salt is 99% pure. Some people say salt or no salt, it is hard to find anything so pure outside the mine these days. The average purity however is around 96%. According to PMDC website the salt deposits here are 6.687 billion tonnes. It was difficult for me to imagine how much salt is that but at another website I read this is enough deposit for 400 years (unconfirmed). It must also depend on how much salt is extracted every year.

What to See:

Since 2002, the main tunnel of the mine has been converted into a tourist attraction. Some of the websites we consulted claim 35000-40000 visitors come here every year. In 2003 a major restoration work was carried out at the mines to make it a prime tourist destination. Decorative light-work was done to make portions of mine a walk through the glittering stars. The salt crystal found here is translucent?which means it absorbs some light and reflects some.

..Photo to the right shows a wall made of salt bricks. Notice the different shades of rock salt under light..

Depending upon the thickness (among other properties), the salt rock glows when lit in many different shades.

The tourist attractions inside the mine include:

(1) Assembly Hall: It is the name given to?a large chamber in the mine. It measures about 75m in height and fascinates tourists because stairs go circling around the hall to the top.

(2) pul-saraat: This is a Salt Bridge called the Pul-saraat. It?has no pillars whatsoever to support it. It is just a narrow strip of pure rock salt 20 to 25 feet in length and 5 feet thick with 80 feet deep ponds of brine (Saltish Water) on both sides. Those who know the meanings of real pul-saraat must be enjoying the creativity of people who thought about naming this salt bridge as such.

(3) Indoor Brine Ponds:

Inside the mine there are certain chambers filled with saturated brine solution. The salty water seeps through mine walls and roof and collects into these chambers overtime. There are several such water-filled chambers in the mine but they are very difficult to see in the dark. Only two such ponds have been illuminated for tourism purposes. One such pond is shown in the photo to the left.

(4) Badshahi Mosque: There is a mosque built inside the main tunnel of the mine. It is called the ‘badshahi masjid’. To beautify the mosque different colours of salt bricks have been used. Red, Pink and White are the major shades of salt bricks. Between the Bricks space has been provided for the electric bulbs to lit the mosque.

..Photo to the right shows Badshahi mosque inside the main tunnel of Khewra Salt Mine..

(5) Sheesh Mahal:?The word Sheesh Mahal means ‘Palace of Mirrors’. There is an area called Sheesh Mahal in the mine named such for?colorfully reflecting salt bricks. The salt here is of light pink color and glows in many different shades under light.

(6) The Great Wall of China, The Mall, Shimla Hill and Meenar-i-Pakistan:

The salt walls of the main tunnel has carvings of some famous structures which glow under light in beautiful shades. These wall carvings include models of the Great Wall of China, the Mall road of Murree, Lahore’s Shimla hill, Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore etc. All these structures are made of Salt that emit pink, white and red lights when lit up.

.. Photo to the?left above?is a carving of meenar-e-Pakistan made by salt bricks. The dimensional?scaling of this model as compared to the real meenar-e-Pakistan is extremely violated here but we should not keep it against the artists?of Khewra mines…

(7) Narrow Gauge Electric Railway:

A narrow gauge electric train transports visitors from the visitors gate to a track juncture some 500m inside the tunnel. Outside the tunnel one can also see abandoned rails and small train wagons that were used here for salt extraction since 1930s.

..Photo of this train is given to the right.

The fare structure for this train is expensive and kind of complicated. Fare for a ride is Rs. 250. Twelve people of a group can ride in this fare. For any person more than a group of 12, the fare is Rs 20 each…e.g. 13 people in a?group will pay Rs 270 and so on..

(8) Pakistan Post Office, Khewra Salt Mine. Postal Code 48530

There is a fully functional Post Office made of salt bricks inside the Mine. One can send postal mail all over the World from here.

..A photo of this post office inside the mine built from Salt bricks is shown to the right..

There is a full time postal employee stationed here.

(9) Salt Crystal Formations

Such formations are abundant in the mine and are a big tourist attraction. Some of them seem to grow upwards from the ground while others hang from the roof. One such formation takes many decades to form therefore it is of utmost importance that tourists don’t touch or break them

..photo to the left shows crystal formation on the mine roof.

(10) Old Mining Machinery

Though not very well kept, one can spot old mining machinery as well as bits and pieces of old railway lying around here and there.

.. photo to the?right is of abandoned old rolling-stock which was in works circa 1930s..

There is also a briefing room for visitors as well as a sovenier shop located here. The mine is open 9 am to 6 pm all year round.

Chronology of Khewra Salt Mines:

326BC: Khewra salt deposits are discovered by the troops of Alexander’s army whose horses were seen licking rock-salt in the area.

13th Century AD: Janjua-Raja tribe extracts salt from the area.

1500: Mughals control the salt removal from the area

1809: Sikhs take over the control of mines from the Mughals

1849: British take over the control of mines from the Sikhs.

..photo to the right is a historical marker written in Pinglish inside the Khewra Salt Mine…

1850: British reports reveal that about 534512 tonnes of fine rock Salt had been extracted up to then.

1853: Drinkable water spring is discovered in the mine. Waterworks are built in the form of wooden pipe to transpost this water to Khewra village of that time.

1856: The metalled road between Khewra and Pind Dadan Khan is destroyed because of floods.

1870: British renamed the mines as ‘May Mines’.

1872: Dr H. Warth, the chief mining engineer at Khewra?designs the main tunnel at ground level and establishes 50-50 room and pillar rule of salt extraction.

1878: Dr H. Warth leaves the Khewra Mine Project.

January 1, 1883: Meter-gauge railway was opened from Chalisa to Khewra.

1886-87: Queen Victoria Railway Bridge over River Jhelum is completed. This connects Khewra to Malakwal Jn and hence to?all of India by rail.

1889-90:Salt production crosses 50000 metric tonnes for?the first time.

1902: A hospital is established to provide medical facilities to miners and their families.

March 1923: the production obtained from Khewra Salt Mines was 4971420 tonnes

1938: ICI Soda Ash Khewra Plant established.

1947: Government of Pakistan takes over the mine operation.

1974: Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) established.

2002: Khewra Salt Mines Resort Development Project launched by the PMDC Management.

How to get there:

Motorway M2:The fastest way to reach Khewra mines is via motorway M2. The mines are located 30km east of Lilla interchange towards Pind Dadan Khan. Road signs are quite visible.

Highway N5: A slower but scenic approach is also available from GT road?from Mandra.?Distances?from Mandra (0km)are:?Chakwal (63km), Choa Saidan Shah (93km) and Khewra (103km).

Pakistan Railway:

I will not recommend train link to Khewra unless you are a die-hard train fan. There are two trains daily between Malakwal Jn and Khewra which cover 27km distance in exact 1 hour. You have to change trains at Malakwal Jn which is connected to Lala Musa Jn on mainline at one end and Sargodha Jn at other. There are 6 daily trains on this Lala Musa – Malakwal – Sargodha route.

..photo to the left above is Khewra Railway station building..

References and Credits:

(1) Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC)

(2) Khewra Videos

(3) Khewra Photos at Trekearth

(4) Khewra Photos at Flickr

(5) Know my Country Pakistan by Dr. M.H. Chaudhry

(6) Khewra: Things to do at virtualtourist.com

76 Comments on “Khewra Salt Mines of Pakistan”

  1. WASIM ARIF says:
    June 14th, 2007 2:22 pm

    Wow

  2. June 14th, 2007 3:16 pm

    It wasn’t easy to summarize such a big project in one post. Owais you did good job. It’s amazing and will be new for most of your readers.
    Is anybody knows how much salt we use in Pakistan and how much we export daily?

  3. Anwar says:
    June 14th, 2007 4:24 pm

    When I visited Khewra salt mine in 1973, there was only one “salt masjid” with few bulbs in the back to refract different color light. Clearly, there are now several additional displays. Even the entrance is whitewashed.
    Enjoyed the post and photos on Flickr.

  4. Faraz says:
    June 14th, 2007 4:47 pm

    Owais: very informative… thanks.

    And its good to know that the people at Khewra have done some decent work for tourist attraction… I might add Khewra in my “to visit” list the next time i am around in that area :)

    Thanks again. good writeup.

  5. Moeen Bhatti says:
    June 14th, 2007 5:30 pm

    I went to this place on a class trip when I was in pre-matric class. For those of you who haven’t visited, its a worth of a trip. Owais did a nice job in summerizing this!

  6. BitterTruth says:
    June 14th, 2007 6:11 pm

    awesome! a very informative post..never new about Khewra as a tourist spot.

  7. Salma khan says:
    June 14th, 2007 6:30 pm

    Amazing post and great information..

  8. jerry says:
    June 14th, 2007 11:44 pm

    Thanks for the informative and picture filled “study”. It was very interesting.

    I bought a Salt Lamp that was imported into the USA from Pakistan. Its from a company called Salt Lamp Creations (www.SaltLampCreations.com) and it allows me to experience some of the Natural beauty of the Himalayan Salt.

    Is there another area in Pakisatn called the Gola Valley where Salt comes from?

  9. Salty says:
    June 15th, 2007 12:02 am

    Hi…I just got a notification that my Salt Lamp sales site name was in a comment on your story.

    I am working on a new website for information on Natural Salt as a dietary supplement and Salt Lamps (My Salt Lamp Company won’t be selling Salt Salt Lamps on the site as it will be a directory with links to people in various parts of the Salt business).

    I have collected a series of Articles but yours really is the best and most concise. Can I have your permission to use it on the new site with giving you an author credit or establish a link to it?

    Great and thorough work!

  10. Aqil Sajjad says:
    June 15th, 2007 12:06 am

    As always, an excellent post by Owais.

    One thing though, can anyone post more about the people in the area? Things like the local economy, how the people live, the availability of basic facilities and economic opportunities, the working conditions of the miners etc? I feel that sometimes in our focus on the physical sights, we forget the people.

  11. khalid says:
    June 15th, 2007 2:15 am

    Very informative post. There is a history in this post and so many children and also adult from Pakistan don’t know about this salt mine.

  12. AUK says:
    June 16th, 2007 10:08 am

    I took a trip to the mines in December of 2005. Owais did a very comprehensive job of describing the mines and their history. One thing that folks may not be aware of is that ICI has their Soda Ash plant in Khewra. They use salty water from the mines (piped though lines) as the main raw material in their manufacturing process. Soda ash is used in numerous consumer products, mainly soaps and detergents, and ICI is perhaps the sole producer in the country, thanks to the abundant salt water from the mines. Another interesting fact to note is that as they keep mining for more salt, there are these water ponds that keep coming up (Owais has a picture of one of these). Some of these ponds are huge in size (comparable to Olympic size pools) and are fairly deep. This is all salty water used by ICI.
    M2 motorway is the best way to get there )from Islamabad/Pindi. The drive is pretty picturesque. One thing you notice as you get off the M2 to turn towards the mines is the lack of any vegetation other than small shrubs. I think it is mainly because of the high salt content in the ground in areas around the mines. I also did not see any signs of subsistence agriculture, which is pretty normal for the Potohar region.
    The tours to the mines are guided. The guides are very well informed and well conversant both in English and Urdu. We had some foreigners on our train, and one of the guides kept an English monologue going throughout the tour; pretty amazing for a backward region like this.

  13. tina says:
    June 16th, 2007 10:39 am

    This is something new for me. Great post, thanks for showing us this new site. I love the salt structures.

  14. Deeda-i-Beena says:
    June 17th, 2007 10:27 pm

    Thanks a lot Owais Mughal for a wonderful and informative post. I believe Khewra Salt Mines have also been referred to as a Natural Wonder of the World.
    Your post brings back pleasant memories. Our first visit was in the 1950s with our school group.The recent one was about 5 years ago. We did not see and appreciate, several of the sites you described and photographed so well.
    May I add a few additional bits of information some of which was given to us by a top guide assigned to us.
    1) The British settled a group of(Male?)Burmese exiles, brought there as punishment (In the same manner as the Last Moghul Emperor, Bahadar Shah Zaffar was exiled to Burma). For their subsistence, they were given the monopoly for themselves/hired local labour to extract the Rock Salt.That right in perpetuity has continued even today to their successor generations that inter-married with local women.
    2) ICI is the sole user of the Salt produced at the mines to be used at their Soda Ash Plant. Alongwith use by some other industries, Soda Ash is the mainstay raw material in producing Paint. ICI has a very lavish colony for its staff posted there and an equally posh and hospitable guest house facilities, which they open up to people they like.
    3)The Rock salt used in Pakistan for human consumption is derived through slippage/smuggling by unofficial mining. All the “official” extraction goes to the ICI plant. Even then the spillover quantity is enormous, that it can be found in markets all over Pakistan. The bulk of salt consumed in Pakistan is from other sources, mainly from Sea water.
    4) United Nations agencies UNICEF and WHO in 1960s and 1970s made feasibility studies to centralise the Iodized Salt production for human consumption for entire Pakistan, at Khewra Mines. Worldwide, Salt has been identified as the vehicle of choice for Iodization – to prevent incidence of the disease “Goitre” that is very prevalent in all segments of Pakistani society. Beaureaucratic incompetence, vested industrial interests and religeous leader objections, did not allow that to happen. As a result some of best looking Pakistani Men and Women suffer from the medical consequences and the ugly looking “Goitre” Chin-Neck.
    5) The Kallar Kahar – Salt Range is a most pictureque and tourism-rich area. The Salt Lake just off the Motorway has a unique flora and fauna-the Peacocks, Birds and the water-fouls. Its Easy Off-Easy On access from the Motorway should make it a great experience for Car travellers To and From Islamabad. Like all ordinary Pakistanis, the local folks are very hospitable.
    Thanks again for introducing another of the myriad wonders of Pakistan we donot appreciate.

  15. François Brisse says:
    June 18th, 2007 9:32 am

    I came across this very good descrition of the Khewra Salt Mine. Long ago I had the chance to visit the very impressive Wieliscka Salt mine in Poland and so I was very surprised to discover that the Khewra mine is the next largest. I did not even know of its existence.
    As I am a stamp collector, I would very much like to receive a letter with a clear postmark mailed from the Post Office inside the mine. Could anyone help me ?

  16. maida rasool/safwan rasool says:
    July 16th, 2007 4:05 am

    we visited the mines yesterday; What a beautiful place; I’ve never seen in my life

  17. August 1st, 2007 5:21 am

    Very interesting account and acompanying photos. I, too, had the pleasure of visiting the Khewra salt mine (four times) and simply can’t get enough of it. If you want to read my visit account and see the 100+ photos I took in the mine, please visit my website http://www.azkhan.de (go to the section My Webalbums and then click on subsection Pakistan).

  18. Rick says:
    August 6th, 2007 1:42 am

    I currently import salt through a broker in Karachi and was wondering if you have any reputable salt manufacturers that I may work with to decide if I want to expand beyond the broker.

    Thanks
    rick

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    August 6th, 2007 3:06 pm

    Photo of a miner in Khewra Salt Mines.

  20. mazhar butt says:
    August 6th, 2007 9:49 pm

    SPLENDID! an article of historical value !

  21. FAROOQ CHOHAN says:
    August 11th, 2007 2:20 am

    I visit khewra salt in 1993 after one week of my wedding ,I proud of malakwal where i born and growup ,when i visit salt co.Really this is very nice and very good place for outing for knowledge, and for picnic , now i am very far from khewra and malakwal , because i am now in usa, so finally if you didnot see khewra salt co. go right now thanks farooq

  22. Karissa says:
    August 19th, 2007 12:02 am

    hi i enjoyed the read

  23. August 22nd, 2007 9:44 am

    khewra is the best

  24. akhtar says:
    August 25th, 2007 7:24 am

    hello
    very very good work to interduce this backward area on net i feel pleasure coz i belong this area very good

  25. basit says:
    August 30th, 2007 11:32 am

    awesome post….
    I bought a Salt Lamp that was imported into the USA from Pakistan.

  26. summiya says:
    September 17th, 2007 1:22 am

    wow this is such a informative site i havn’t being to this mine but exprience da adventure by sitting in home

    you done a fantastic job ovais

  27. Kym says:
    September 21st, 2007 5:30 am

    Excellent article review of the Khewra Salt Mines…
    Credits to the writer!

    Our livestock benefit from the HCMRS ( Himalayan Crystal Mineral Rock Salt ) like no other product..

    It’s the Worlds Healthiest Salt!

  28. Owais Mughal says:
    September 23rd, 2007 4:02 pm

    another photo of Khewra Salt Mines is here

  29. Kashif says:
    October 5th, 2007 5:19 pm

    I Live in Khewra, but i really dont knw that much info. Thanks dear and if some1 visit khewra mines then go in HOT SUMMERS so u can know the real taste of SALT MINES…… be careful.
    Bye

  30. ATTA-UL-MUSAWIR says:
    October 21st, 2007 3:16 pm

    THIS PLACE IS REAL BEAUTY OF GOD.PLZ KEEP SAVE IT FOR LONG TIME.ATTA-UL-MUSAWIR

  31. October 28th, 2007 7:18 am

    A great article. I am happy to know about Khewra. I used to live in PDKhan.
    My best wishes

  32. nooria gul says:
    December 4th, 2007 10:22 am

    well…have never been dere…and it was very different in my mind ..but just visited this site as have got some project to make as tourism day of pakistan is coming…but m really impressed..and will force my INDUS college of commere(islamabad branch) to take us to that place…its really a nice sight…Thankyou

  33. D.S. A 63 Years Old Muslim From NWFP says:
    December 14th, 2007 6:36 am

    Befor reading this artical what I thought of it was that at the most there may be heavy earth moving and rock breaking machinery, employed for extraction and transportation of rocks and salt. Thanks to author for new and intresting information. I am insipred to visit it objectively. Before the M2 was commissioned, I had been there a spot called “Peer Khaar (Saltish Peer) for treatment of my kidney pain. I had chronic pain in both kidnies. I got a taaweez from there, not knowing the taste of the water, I took a sip from the running streem. It tasted like poison. I filled a cane of water brought it to Islamabad and took bath with it. Since then the pain of my both kidnies has vanished. There had been many other kidny patients at that site. Some may not believe it but it is said to be true in many cases and is an absolute truth in my case. Try it yourself.

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    December 23rd, 2007 8:31 am

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  35. Morocco Property says:
    December 24th, 2007 6:59 am

    It’s very beautiful, when i see the pictures i enjoyed.

  36. Arshad says:
    January 16th, 2008 6:22 am

    I am going to visit this place after reading this informative article by Owais.

  37. Ravi Singh says:
    January 22nd, 2008 9:08 am

    HELLO KHEWRA,

    ALL GOOD PLACE IN A PAKISTAN VERY EXCITING, GOOD LOOKING AND VERY BEST FOR TOURS. INTRESTING THING IS THE SALT . SODA FACTORY IN KHEWRA PLACE.

    THANKS

  38. January 27th, 2008 4:03 am

    salam o elikum i love my pakistan . you done a good job .this web is need to information is . (sorrey) es salt rang say kia kia matirial ban sakta hay jab allah nay hum ko itni bari namat di hay to humra pakistan es say faeyda kune nahi otha sakta jab k sara salt export ho jata hay . to hum os say camplet matirial bana kar export kune nahi karty .row matrial export karna hamara nuksan hay.

  39. Owais Mughal says:
    February 19th, 2008 5:39 pm

    Another amazing photo of Khewra Salt mines here

  40. abroad says:
    March 13th, 2008 3:51 am

    Wow, I will love to visit this place is there an airport close to that place?

  41. Owais Mughal says:
    March 13th, 2008 9:22 am

    @abroad. Islamabad International is within 2 hours drive via Motorway M2 from Khewra Salt Mines

  42. Rizwan says:
    April 10th, 2008 5:11 am

    its very nice

  43. Muhammad Younis says:
    May 6th, 2008 9:13 am

    It is very nice and informative, some more pictures need to be pasted for tourist interes.

  44. Joycey says:
    June 8th, 2008 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful and beautiful display of the Salt Mines. Truly a beautiful site for people all over the world to see.

    Would be truly wonderful to stand amongst it all!

    joycey brisbane australia

  45. Supukatgeen Haider Ali says:
    July 1st, 2008 12:48 pm

    Can we not at kehwra do some thing like Poles have done;ie: use it for asthma cure and largescale tourist attraction besides registar it as a world heritage sight.
    Just a thought.

  46. Owais Mughal says:
    August 11th, 2008 8:47 pm

    A 1960s photo of Khewra Salt Mines here

  47. hina balouch says:
    August 14th, 2008 7:05 am

    amazing…
    its soooo natural. we really liked it soo much. we want 2 visit it very soon. specially MASJID is 2222 beautifull. ALLAH BLESS U ALL.

  48. mehtab gul shar balouch says:
    August 14th, 2008 7:11 am

    no doubt pakistan is full of natural resources n natural beauty. no one can compete with us, i m very thakful 2 those who are doing such type of stablishment.
    happy independence day 2 all pakistanies

  49. SOHAIL says:
    September 4th, 2008 12:25 am

    Its Really Very Nice.It gives us a close link to nature

  50. Kurt says:
    October 23rd, 2008 11:25 am

    I visited the mine last year (2007) and found it quite interesting. I suspect that few westerners have been there and it should be promoted. It is indeed a wonder.

  51. Sudhindra T Kumara says:
    November 2nd, 2008 2:30 pm

    I wanted to know about the salt of Khewra and got full information, I would like to visit some day. Thanks

  52. wellwisher says:
    November 13th, 2008 1:54 pm

    Well written, informative piece.

    I encourage you all to advocate for the uplifting of the mine workers and their families. The pictures in the following link show poor working and living conditions for the Pakistani mine workers.

    http://www.iisg.nl/collections/pakiminers/

  53. March 9th, 2009 1:17 am

    Well i visited it yesterday 08-03-2009 @ 5PM and found it very interseting also the guide help us and tells us the Mines history. We take pictures and movies all the boys are enjoying. It is a wonderful piece of the World and be shown openly so the foriegners visit and make the history. There are two Salt Mines in the world (1. Poland , 2nd. Khewra Pakistan) 17 Floors containg (5 up and 11 Down and the Ground Floor). I suggest all who tead this to Visit and share the happy moments with us.

    Hafeez Ur Rehman
    Information Management
    Lahore, Pakistan.

  54. Owais Mughal says:
    March 9th, 2009 11:24 am

    Hafeez saheb, thanks for your trip report. What other details did you notice? Was the electric train bringing tourists to the mine operational? How much did the guide charge you? Was he the govt appointed or private guide? Were there many guides available or just one?

    How much is the entrance ticket to the mine? etc

  55. Owais Mughal says:
    April 4th, 2009 11:39 pm

    A detailed shot of entrance to Khewra salt mines can be seen here

  56. yasirzia says:
    April 29th, 2009 6:38 am

    Its really very nice, we should take care of it and make it fruit full for our countery from every angle

  57. June 9th, 2009 3:17 am

    I visited the mine last year (2007) and found it quite interesting. I suspect that few westerners have been there and it should be promoted. It is indeed a wonder.

    Allah hafiz
    Contect this number
    0334-4548898

  58. Owais Mughal says:
    June 9th, 2009 1:18 pm

    Mustafa saheb, any more recalls from your trip to Khewra? What did you like the most? Did the electric passengeer train to transport people in and out of mine was operational?

  59. Muhammad Saeed says:
    June 15th, 2009 2:26 am

    Dear Owais.

    Electric train is operational.

    Regards.

  60. October 8th, 2009 1:46 am

    Hi!
    Looks like you are missing a recent installation of a hospital and bedding area inside the mine, which is used for treatment of asthma and allergies.
    Check it out
    Best regards,
    Adil

  61. Veronica says:
    November 25th, 2009 5:09 am

    Great description! I wonder if it is safe for Westerners to go there? The mine looks spectacular and it would be wonderful to visit.

  62. Muhammad says:
    December 14th, 2009 12:24 pm

    I visited the mine last 13_12_1009 and found it a big source of ifnormation and leasure. I truly recmond u all guyz to go there and explore the natural beauty. its the 2nd larget salt mine in the wolrd.Few westerners have been there , its mean mine has some extra – tahst why pakistani as wel as westerners go there. It is indeed a wonder.
    Muhamd
    +9203454092623

  63. Muhammad says:
    December 14th, 2009 12:38 pm

    I visited the mine last 13_12_2009 and found it a big source of ifnormation and leasure. I truly recmond u all guyz to go there and explore the natural beauty. its the 2nd larget salt mine in the wolrd.Few westerners have been there , its mean mine has some extra – tahst why pakistani as wel as westerners go there. It is indeed a wonder.
    Muhamd
    +9203454092623

  64. Muhammad says:
    December 14th, 2009 1:46 pm

    I visited the mine last 13_12_2009 and found it a big source of ifnormation and leasure. I truly recmond u all guyz to go there and explore the natural beauty. its the 2nd larget salt mine in the wolrd.Few westerners have been there , its mean mine has some extra – tahst why pakistani as wel as westerners go there. It is indeed a wonder.
    Muhamd
    +923454092623

  65. shahzad ahmad says:
    March 4th, 2010 1:18 am

    make it free !!

  66. March 4th, 2010 12:12 pm

    your mine is very good it is the 2nd largest mine in the world first was in polland i tour to your mine i remember that there was water that was very dangerous when i enter your mine i feel like the king of the world

  67. Malik amjad pervaiz awan says:
    March 30th, 2010 5:15 am

    Thanks for guidance and providing quite valuable information about Khewra Salt Mines.I got an opportunity to visit the site in the recent past but got disappointed to see the facilities provided by PMDC. Certainly they are not of international standard.I think a lot more could be done to create more attraction to earn substantial income from all kinds of tourists thus creating good opportunities to local population to improve their life style.

  68. Muhammad Tahir Aziz says:
    April 28th, 2010 2:53 am

    I am planning to visit the mines along with my office friends but don’t have exact idea of location and facilities of the mines.
    If someone could share…… some more details how to reach there by road and is there any spot for picnic.

    Regards
    M. Tahir Aziz

  69. June 3rd, 2010 4:27 am

    my name is rizwan khan and i am not a terrarist this is the most beautiful place.I will enjoy to see the history of khewra mine

  70. Muhammad safeer ud din says:
    December 21st, 2010 10:45 am

    I also visited this mine it’s awesome.. nice mosque, minar, diamond cave & all other things especially the hospital for asthma patients. thank you

  71. sidra sarwar says:
    March 27th, 2011 10:35 am

    slam 2 all
    i saw the pics of mines really beautiful
    i never visited the khewra just see the pics of mines and inside atmosphere
    its amazing and there are alot of awesome things like mosque,ponds and sheesh mehal

    stay blessed

  72. April 16th, 2011 1:12 am

    my name is haseeb bilal from nankana sahib i see the mine of salt ,its very beautiful plzzzzzzz contect me
    03157557067

  73. imran says:
    May 15th, 2011 8:09 pm

    i appreciate ur great collection of pictures and history. i am finding the value of salt each year is excavated from the khewra. if anyone have knowledge then plz mention

  74. anum says:
    May 27th, 2011 8:45 pm

    very nice data

  75. December 15th, 2011 5:00 pm

    it is knowledgeable discovery as well as photo,s too

  76. Mining says:
    December 28th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Mining is important for the Pakistan, it is mainstay industry, and drive tourist industry.

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