The Himalayan Salt Mines in Pakistan are the treasure house of the Himalayan salt. We, the miners, hand-mine the Himalayan salt which preserves its natural composition, and the content. Pakistan is particularly famous for the Himalayan salt mine range in different areas.
There are four major Himalayan salt mines in Pakistan:
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- Khewra Himalayan Salt Mines in Pakistan
- Kalabagh Himalayan Salt Mines in Pakistan
- Warcha Himalayan Salt Mines in Pakistan
- Jatta/Bahadurkheil Himalayan Salt Mines in Pakistan
The Khewra Salt Mines are the most popular Himalayan salt mines in Pakistan. These are famous among the tourists from all over the world. The Khewra salt mines are amongst the oldest and ancient Himalayan salt ranges in Pakistan. These mines cover more than 25 miles of developed length which combines 18 levels of work and divergent tunnels. The cumulative thickness of these Himalayan salt mines is 150miles. This length consists of the seventeen levels of salt crystals. These 17 levels are layered in a sort of asymmetrical dome structure. During the process of mining, half of the salt in the mines is left in the form of pillars which is referred to as ‘room and pillar method’.
The color of the Himalayan salt crystals in these mines ranges from light pink to dark pink, light red to meat color, and transparent. These Himalayan salt mines present awe-inspiring hues of changing and mixed colors which is certainly a creation of Nature.
These Khewra salt mines are the top source of the natural handmade salt lamps of premium quality. No other salt mines compete for the colors and shades for the natural salt lamps. Moreover, the Kalabagh salt mines’ salt comes mostly in pink color in nature. Thus most of the smaller grains become white or very slightly pink after going through the heavy crush plants. Back to Top
These salt mines are located along the river Indus near to the village named Wanda Kukranwala. In this Himalayan salt mine, you can find 13 different types of salt levels in various hues. The miners employ the Room and Pillar method in these Himalayan salt mines of Kalabagh but manually. The depth of the chambers here is more than 260 feet. It is also one of the major source mines of Pakistan.
These Kalabagh Salt mines are the top source of the machine made craft salt lamps. The rocks are harder as compared to the rocks obtained from Khewra salt mines. Thus, the craftsmen are confident in passing the rocks through the machines, and the tools. Moreover, the Kalabagh salt mines’ salt comes mostly in meat color (almost red) in nature. Thus the small grains become pinkish to reddish (not white) even after going through the heavy crush plants. Back to Top
The Himalayan salt found in this salt mine is absolutely crystalline and transparent. This makes it perfectly fit for edible salt used in cooking and dining. Tough broken, this Himalayan salt mine also exists in the form of dome-like structure. Most of the salt crystals in this mine are of pink and white color. Moreover, the Room and pillar is the mining method that the miners use in these Warcha Himalayan salt mines in Pakistan.
These Warcha Himalayan Salt mines are the source of both machine-made craft salt lamps and the natural handmade salt lamps. Moreover, the rocks are harder as compared to the rocks obtained from Khewra salt mines. Thus, again the craftsmen are more confident in passing the rocks through the machines, and the tools. And the salt from these mines comes mostly in pink color in nature. Thus the small grains become white after going through the heavy crush plants. Back to Top
This part of the Himalayan salt range is acclaimed to be the youngest of all Himalayan salt mines dating back to the Tertiary era(26-66 million years ago). The color of salt crystals in this salt mine ranges from white to dark/light grey. Sourcing these mines for the Himalayan Salt Lamps provides less amount of light due to its density and the colors changes in different shades of blue, green, yellow and white. Back to Top
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