Pakistan’s oldest and the world’s second largest salt mine is Khewra mine. Khewra salt mine is a very common tourist attraction with approximately 250,000 visitors every year.

Do you know what its oldest name is?

Their history goes back to 320 BC.

This Salt mine is also famous as “Mayo Salt Mine”, in honor of Lord Mayo, who was the Viceroy of India and he visited this salt mine. It was originated about 800 million years ago after evaporation of a shallow sea followed by geological crusade made a salt range that stretched for about 300 kilometers (185 miles).

It was discovered when Alexander the Great crossed the Jhelum and Mianwali area in the course of his Indian campaign.

It was discovered not by Alexander, nor by his allies, but by his soldier’s horses when they were found licking the salty stones.


Khewra Salt Mine is located in the Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil of the Jhelum Region. Located about 200 km (125 miles) from the city Islamabad and Lahore.