A great number of tourists visit Khewra Salt Mines each year, driven by curiosity and their instinct for a unique adventure. Around 230,000 to 240,000 visitors, comprising college students, the general public, and foreigners are expected every year.
Keeping such an influx of visitors in mind. The main tunnel at ground level, which was developed by Dr. Warth in 1872 has been converted into a tourist resort facility. Impressed by such massive interest of local and foreign tourists in mines, the management at PMDC has also launched “Khewra Salt Mines Resort Development Project” in February 2002. It is determined to take care of tourists and ensure their insightful stay. The estimated cost of the resort was initially Rs. 4.2 million, however it has been increased with another Rs. 3 million for maintaining quality and quantity of service. The development programme envisages creation and development of following facilities at Khewra Salt Mines in the first phase of development programme, which have since been completed.
In order to further facilitate the tourists a reception or briefing hall has been constructed. By fixing the pavements, smooth walkways have been created that take tourists to the gateways of mines and beyond. A souvenir shop has been made in the nearby vicinity for customized creation of artifacts for foreign tourists and other local visitors. Mines have been illuminated at a grand scale with fancy lights that magnify and reflect intrinsic beauty of the mine, its interior look and texture of natural rock salt. Moreover, service of electric trains have been made available for tourists to have an informative and joyful ride upto main juncture inside the Mines. In an effort to provide a profound experience and sense of adventure to tourists, refreshment facilities are built inside the mines. Where visitors can relax and enjoy refreshment from tiny kiosks and small shops. Lastly, friendly and trained male and female guides are available at the mines and at resorts to serve tourists to the best of their abilities.
TOURIST RESORT FACILITIES
Creation of Reception/ Briefing Hall
A reception/briefing hall has been constructed to serve as reception center for tourists.
The walkway from receipt/briefing hall to the Mine Mouth has been constructed by fixing pavers for the smooth walk of tourist. SOUVENIR SHOP: For the convenience of tourist, a souvenir shop has been established in the reception/briefing hall area where tourists can find model lamps and other articles made of salt.
The mines have been illuminated at a grand scale with fancy and reflector type lights to magnify intrinsic beauty of the salient features of the mine, its interior look and texture of rock salt.
Electric train has been made available for tourists to have a joy ride upto main juncture inside the mine.
Seating arrangements have been made in side the mine. Refreshments have been provided inside the mine, where kiosks have been fitted, having sufficient capacity for tourists to relax and enjoy light refreshments.
Trained male and female guides are available at the mine to conduct tour of visitors inside the Mines.
WONDERS INSIDE THE MINE
There are several pond-like chambers that are filled with saturated brine solution which looks celestial when illuminated by lights.
A majestic mosque made of different shades of rock salt bricks has been erected with hollow walls of salt bricks when illuminated casts a captivating shadow.
There is also an area of transparent salt of light pink colour known as Shish Mahal.
A large chamber called Assembly Hall measuring more than 250 ft in height has been constructed that fascinates tourists.
Different chambers are marvelously connected with salt bridges over water ponds and illuminated with lights that bring different colors of salts on display.
TOURIST RESORT AT KHEWRA
Tourist Resort Development Project launched in February 2002 to convert Khewra Salt Mines into a tourist resort of international standard at a cost of Rs. 12 million where more than 277,000 visitors visit every year.
- Resort was inaugurated on 3rd April, 2003.
- Further plans to develop the Resort as recreational and educational facility are in hand.
- As a result of developments made by PMDC, Number of visitors have increased to over 300,000 per year.
ASTHMA RESORT AT KHEWRA MINES
IntroductionPMDC has established an asthma resort (to cure asthma developed by allergy) on the lines of Polish and Ukrainian Salt Mines with 10 beds and 50 seats for the patients.
TreatmentEvery patient will have to spend at least 110 hours in microclimate underground. The patients are taken inside the mine for about 10 hours per day. This time may vary.
AchievementsSo far encouraging results have been achieved. Efforts are on to make it more formidable.
GEOLOGICAL & MINING MUSEUM
PMDC has converted the old workshop at Khewra into Geological & Mining Museum on 2013.
Fee Structure for Resort Facilities
– Foreigner Adult US$ 20.00 or equivalent
– Foreigner Student US$ 10.00 or equivalent
– Pakistani Adult Rs. 400.00
– Pakistani Student Rs. 200.00
– Senior Citizens (Above 60 years) & Children (2 years to 12 years) Rs 200.00
– Pakistani Adult Rs. 200.00
– Student Rs. 200.00
– Senior Citizens (Above 60 years) & Children (2 years to 12 years) Rs.200.00
– No fee will be charged for infants upto the age of two years
– Motor Cycle Rs. 20.00
– Car/Jeep/Taxi/Rikshaw Rs.50.00
– Hiace Van 18 seater or below Rs. 80.00
– Coaster 30 seaters or below Rs. 100.00
– Bus/Truck Rs. 120.00
Guest House Charges
– Per Day Rs.3500
– Complete Charges For All Expenses (Maximum Ten (10) Days) Rs.12,500
*09:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M.
Mine is open for tourist from 09:00 A.M. to 06:00 P.M. every day including Sunday and gazetted holidays.