Khewra Salt Mine
Khewra Salt Mine
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Panom T
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Foreigners will be charged 20 USD for entrance fee which is too much overpriced for the experience inside, especially when compared with the visit to the largest salt mine in Krakow. The road from the motorway to the mine is also under renovation making it not worth the time to make a detour. Better skip unless you really have nothing else to do.
Written March 29, 2023
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Fatima
Ospitaletto, Italy85 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Our experience in this place has been not good due to the bad trip and unservice destination.
We came from Gujrat and we found two hours of driving in horrible streets with mud, big holes and too much water.
Government should provide safe streets for the tourists who want visit the salt mine but nothing is still done in this way.
At destination we visited the salt mine paying a ticket.
The salt mine is small, nothing special, just nice. The main problems are the bad services in the place.
Very dirty and smelly toilets and a restaurant unacceptable with dirty tables, filthy chairs and greasy dishes!
Nice are the souvenirs made with salt, lamps with colored lights at a good price.
Written July 12, 2022
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Muttaqi
Doha314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A must visit place for all ages. Full of information and history. Car parking available. Entry fees applicable. Access to inside on foot and train both available. Wheel chair possible till train drop off point. Access from M2 through Kalarkahar and Lillah interchange possible, time depends upon your type of ride and prevailing road conditions.
Written January 2, 2023
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Muhammad Javed Iqbal
Lahore, Pakistan54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Khewra Salt Mine is a different type of entertainment. Though there is salt everywhere but the administration made it a fun by making monuments with salt bricks. They have decorated them with different lights.

Ticket to visit the mine is Rs220/- per head while Rs.110/- for students and kids. In addition if you want to tske a ride in train/trolly you have to pay extrea Rs.100/- per head. But place is so different and informative that this paid amount is like "paisa wasool".
Written November 9, 2019
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Ben B
Islamabad, Pakistan141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Overall, it was cool. But if only do it as a side trip if you are traveling between Lahore and Islamabad. It’s a bit far from either place to make it worth the trip and cost.

- Tip #1 - Go early. Get there just at 9am and you will almost have the place to yourself - especially on the weekends. Go after that, and it will feel a bit claustrophobic.

- Tip #2 - Pack the Dramamine. The road to get there once you leave the M2 is mostly unpaved with plenty of potholes for you, your driver, or your tour bus to avoid by moving from one side of the road to the other. Your tailbone will get a workout, too. It’s about 45 minutes of the trip. Read the rest of the review to see if it’s worth it.

- Tip #3 - Bargain with your toddlers. It’s all underground and pretty much one salt brick sculpture after another. Little ones will get bored easily. They won’t get the history or the salt mining process. However, there is a playground/amusement park there for them to really enjoy including a bouncy-house, some kiddie rides and a place to get some sweets. Make sure they know there is an end to the underground tour and you might not suffer as much.

- Tip #4 - Bring a high-powered flashlight if you have it. You won’t need it to see where to move on the tour, but it’s really handy to see into some of the caverns and inaccessible areas. You can also use it to highlight the colors in the translucent light.

- Tip #5 - Leave your heels at home. While you won’t be crawling on your knees, the ground is a bit lumpy and uneven. My guess is people who are very unsteady or are in wheelchairs would have a bit of a hard time - but it could be done.

- Tip #6 - Take the train. It’s only 200 PKR more (about $1.40 US) and there is nothing to see on the way into the mine, so you aren’t missing anything. Good for the kids, too. The train ride is a bit noisy, so if you or your children dislike loud noises, bring earplugs for that part of the trip.

- Tip #7 - Be prepared for sticker shock. The price for foreigners is 20 bucks a piece (slightly less for seniors and students). But, heck, it’s the 2nd largest salt mine in the world, so it might be worth it. Call it a “bucket list” item.

- Tip #8 - Don’t buy into the hype. There is no evidence to indicate that a Himalayan salt lamp does anything for you except look cool. 98% of the salt mined here is made of good ol’ NaCl - sodium chloride- table salt. The other 2 percent is postassium, magnesium, etc. So any benefits people believe they get from it - joints, asthma, etc. - is purely psychosomatic. It does look cool, though. My wife and I dropped a few bucks on a couple of lamps. Which brings me to . . .

- Tip #9 - if you want to buy a lamp, use your shopping skills and shop between the vendors that are about 250 meters outside the main gate. We got a big 10.7kg monster for about 10 bucks - and the guy originally told me it would be no less than 20. This was for the natural shape stone and not one that was ground into a heart shape or the first letter of your true love’s name. We didn’t buy the bulb (but could have) because we are going to make a solar powered lamp to put inside it and use it as a night light.

- Tip #10 - watch for the salt drips. If you are going to buy a hunk of the stuff (it’s not really from the Himalayas, mind you) then consider where you will put it and how to protect the furniture underneath it. Salt attracts and holds condensation and it will drip down and onto your furniture. Of course, you can make the stain part of the decoration.

Any questions? Just ask below.
Written October 10, 2021
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AsadKhan
Islamabad, Pakistan208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
It was a beautiful cloudy day with frequent rain showers when I along with my wife and three kids started from Jhelum to Khewra Salt Mines. It was a total of 95 kms distance but due to broken patches and bad condition of the road at varios places, it took us almost three hours to reach there, (If you are travelling from Lahore or Islamabad, you should travel on M-2 “Motorway” and from Lilla interchange travel another 25 kms to reach the Salt Mines. Total distance from Islamabad is approximately 200 kilometres and from Lahore it is 245 kilometres).
You have to pay Rs: 10 as parking fee and for entering into the salt Tunnel you need to pay Rs: 150 per adult and Rs: 75 for kids below 12 years and same is for students (DO NOT forget to take along kids students’ cards alongwith you). And if you want to use the train facility for entering the Tunnel and get Guides (which is recommended if you are aged or accomapnied by ladies or kids) the amount gets a littel more than double. (I do not remember the fee for foriegners.
Total length of Salt Range is 300 kilometres starting from Beganwala near River Jhelum to Kalabagh near River Sindh. Width of Salt Range varies between 8 kilometres to 30 kilometres.
Approx 250,000 tourists visit this place each year. . There is an electric train available to take visitors inside the mine. It is told that engine of this train belongs to 1930. The train will drop you 2500 ft inside the tunnel at a place known as Chandni Chowk and from there on you will start your on foot visit under the guidance of a professional guide. There are several artistic carvings of salt stones placed in different areas of Khewra Salt Mines for amusement of tourists.
There are several small ponds of thick salty water in different areas of mine. When light is projected on the liquid in these pools it is refracts and produces different colors that look very beautiful. Most popular carvings of salt stone among tourists are a replica of Minar-e-Pakistan made with colorful salt bricks, Badshahi Mosque, a beautiful mosque made up of colourful bricks of salt stone, Pul-Saraat, a salt bridge with no pillars over an 25-meters-deep (80-foot-deep) brine pond; Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) made up of pink salt bricks, and a model of Mall Road of Murree.
There is cafeteria for visitors that meet immediate refreshment needs. Inside the mine is a tunnel named crystal valley by tourists. It is a tunnel with shining salt crystal in the roof and walls illuminated by colourful lights. But this tunnel remains closed all the year for tourists except for the month of Ramzan. There are some rooms inside the Khewra Salt Mines that were mined during the Mughal times.
A Hospital with 20 beds is established for the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases using salt therapy
Outside the tunnel near parking area, you will find a Tourist Resort, having cafeteria, mosque, washrooms and souvenir shops offering decoration pieces and lamps made up of salt stones of Khewra Salt Mines. Food is okay and prices are fair. Cleanliness arrangements are satisfactory.
Overall a Must VISIT place for tourists.
Written May 19, 2014
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Ashfaq Khan
Lahore, Pakistan148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Khewra Salt Mines are the second biggest mine in the world. Get salt from time immemorial, best for a day trip in winters with family and friends, tickets price varies for local and foreigners.
Written December 28, 2018
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Hamza Mahmood
Lahore, Pakistan286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
An amazing place with dining place outside the caves as well. One has to plan a proper picnic for visiting this place and that too with some young and energetic people since the walk inside is too hectic. Beautiful color salts an be seen here in these mines as well. Also a train is being run here on which the old people can sit to take a round. Also, you can find a board on which its written that in 320 BC Alexander the great came to this location before returning back.
Written May 16, 2016
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Shahid K
Thousand Oaks, CA428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
These second largest salt mines in the world, (after Poland) are located about an hour's drive off the Islamabad-Lahore motorway. After purchasing the entrance tickets, you board a trolley that takes you about a mile into the slat mines. There are different prices for the local and foreigners tickets. The local person's ticket is Rs. 300 while the foreigners pay $20. There are various buildings inside the mine, all made of salt, such as the mosque, the Minar-e-Pakistan, a dispensary and others. It is better to take a guided tour who explains the various features and history of the mine excavation. The Shish Mahal area is the most beautiful are of the entire mine.
Written April 14, 2018
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Ishtiaq Sagri
Indianapolis, IN4,840 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
A part of the mineral-rich mountain range called the Salt Range, it’s the 2nd largest salt mines in the world spread over an area of 300 KM (186 miles) behind the No. 1 salt mine in Goderich, Ontario. An electric train takes visitors inside the mine. There are several small ponds of thick salty water in different areas of the mine. When light is projected on the liquid in these pools it refracts and produces assorted colors that look very beautiful. Inside there are also two souvenir shops offering decoration pieces and lamps made up of salt stones. Among the earliest structure built within the mine is the small Badshahi Mosque, complete with a small salt minaret. Built more recently are small salt versions of the Great Wall of China, the Mall road of Murree, Lahore’s Shimla hill, and the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. These are built from salt bricks, which vary in color from red to pink to white, and are lighted electrically radiating a beautiful warm glow. Drawing up to 250,000 visitors a year, it is a major attraction in Pakistan.
Written November 5, 2017
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