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Khewra, a Himalayan Pink Salt Mine in Pakistan

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Khewra, a Himalayan Pink Salt Mine in Pakistan

Near the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Punjab region of Pakistan, there are mines of pink rock salt. One of the oldest and largest salt mine is called Khewra salt mine. It is also believed to be one of the purest salt in the whole world.

There is an area where tourists are allowed to enter and it is one of the most popular spots for tourists.

Khewra salt mine has become a major tourist attraction with around 250,000 visitors a year (PMDC). When you enter the mine by trolley train, you will find a large space with a mosque made of salt bricks, numerous saltwater ponds, various sculptures, and even a coffee room.

a transport train in Khewra Salt mine, Pakistan

The Himalayan pink salt is exported to countries like Europe, America, and Asia. This is because it is believed that the salt is nutritional and has many health benefits. The salt is extracted by hands and is minimally processed to yield an organic product that is free of preservatives and flavorings.

Khewra salt mine has become one of the top tourist attraction, which is not only visited by the locals but travelers from all over the world. The magnificent views inside the mine are enough to attract tourists.

There are several saltwater pools inside the mine at different places that look beautiful when projected with light. There is one pool surrounded by Christmas trees which is another wonder inside the mine.

The Crystal Valley is a tunnel inside the mine which has rock salt crystals on the roof and walls. When light is projected on these crystals shine making the surrounding look more beautiful.

The Himalayan pink salt is not only used for eating but also used to prepare souvenirs. Inside the mine, there are many marvels for instance mosques, buildings and other famous monuments made of the salt.

Himalayan pink salt is also used as spa treatments. Mostly, it is used for exfoliating. Also, lamps made of pink rock salt are the most famous decoration pieces found in Pakistan.

Rock pink salt from the Himalayas is so popular that you can easily buy it online in the United States and elsewhere.

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