Alexander the Great stayed here during battle of Hindustan. They noticed that their tired horses are licking stone, feel energy and looking well as well. So the world largest 2nd salt mine discovered by Alexander or in other sense you can say it discovered by horses not any human.
In 1500 AD (King Akbar the Great) Initial mining was started, and came in Asia’s market, on decline of Mughal Empire in 1809 Sikhs get hold of it. The Sikh Commander-in- Chief, shared the management of the Salt Range with Gulab Singh, the Raja of Jammu.
In 1849 British ruler taken over these salt mines and did some development works including supplied water by wooden tunnel in 1853. In 1856, they built a road between salt mine and Pind Dadan Khan for transportation by vehicles.
Then came the era of Eng. Mr. Wrath; he visited in 1872 and made a lot of progress there including main enteries, started mining using modern mining methods later in 1886-87 built Victoria Bridge with Malikwal. As a result of his efforts mining production reached at 50000 tons in 1890 that reached at 80000 tons in 1914.
Many major changes occurred during and after the British era. A full fledge hospital were made especially for miners and two steam-powered engines began to be used in 1918. Likewise, they introduce the cutter machine to reduce human efforts and also started automatic loading inside the mine by 1933. The use of tractor trolley started in 1988.
It’s a brief summary of its glorious history, which is sure to impress you.
Things to see at Khewra Salt Mine
Entrance to the mine there’s a beautiful mosque named as Shahi Masjid. This was made out of salt 55 years ago and although obviously it’s very popular among the tourists.
Heaven Bridge is the most renowned and prettiest area; entirely made out of salt and beneath it water goes to 80 feet down.
Next is hills with name of Chagi Pahar. Actually salted water dropped from top and form a mountain shape upon dried up that named as Chagi Pahar.
There’s also a way to get air and an artificial waterfall inside the mine.
Along the pink salt caves at layer 5, there’re Himalayan salt rooms to stay for Asthma patients. These are very beautiful and equipped with colorful lightings inside the tiles as well.
All caves are equipped with safety grills from all sides for comprehensive safety.
Khewra salt mine is fully functional and the miners come out every day however over the years mining techniques have been updated somewhat. According to a report of 2018, production was 390000 tons and 40000 visitor counted average per month in 2018.In 2022 it reached to more than 60000. I do highly recommend you a day trip to Khewra mine, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy by exploring this place. Lastly if you’re interest in hand-made salt lamps, cooking slabs, bulk Himalayan salt or customize hand art, feel free to reach us; we’re renowned Himalayan Salt product manufacturers and exporters.