Khewra, Punjab

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Khewra
Khewra - The Kingdom of Salt
City and two union councils
Country Pakistan
Region Jhelum
District Jhelum District
Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan
Tourist attraction Khewra Salt Mine
Government
 • Leader Mahr Farooq Hussnain Nazar
 • Tribes Awan, Rajput, Khokhar, Mirza, Malik, Jotania, Phaphra, Mughal
Elevation 277.48 m (910.36 ft)
Population
 • Total 35,000
Time zone UTC+5 (PST)
Postal Code 49060
Area code(s) 0544
Website http://www.khewra.webs.com

Khewra is the second most populated city of Jhelum and the neighbor city of Pind Dadan Khan Tehsil in Jhelum District, Punjab province, Pakistan.[1] It is located at 32°38'60N 73°1'0E.[2] The city is administratively subdivided into two union councils[1] and is the location of the Khewra Salt Mine. The population of Khewra city is about 35,000.

Khewra
کھیوڑہ
city
Khewra - Kohistan E Namak
Khewra - Kohistan E Namak
Official seal of Khewra
Seal
Nickname(s): Kingdom of Salt, The City of SALTIANS, A Land of Peace
Motto(s): To Spread the Message of Peace
Country Pakistan
Region Jhelum
District Jhelum District
Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan
Tourist attraction Khewra Salt Mine
Founded 14 March 1876
Subdivisions
Government
 • Tribal Chief Maher Ghualam Shabbir
 • Chairman Maher Farooq Hussnain Nazar (UC-I)
 • Chairman Dr. Abid Sideeq Rehan (UC-II)
 • Founder of Khewra Salt Mine Raja Janjua
 • Tribes Awan, Rajput, Khokhar, Mirza, Malik, Jotania, Phaphra, Mughal
Elevation 277.48 m (910.36 ft)
Population
 • Total 80,000
Demonym(s) Saltian
Time zone UTC+5 (PST)
Postal Code 49060
Area code(s) 0544
Website www.khewra.webs.com

Khewra City is also known as "The Kingdom of Salt" because of rock salt which is 98% pure and natural source of salt in Pakistan named Khewra Salt Mine. This is the second largest salt mine in the world. The population of Khewra city is about 80,000. Khewra is known as a tourist city of Jhelum District because of the Khewra Salt Mine Tourist Resort.

Tourism[edit]

Khewra City was established in 1876 with the support of the British Army who occupied on the Land of Khewra before 1947. Janjua Rajputs tribe was the founder of Khewra.

Khewra Salt Mine[citation needed] was discovered in 1872 by the local family of Janjua Rajputs. Since 2002, the main tunnel of the mine has been converted into a tourist attraction. Some websites claim 35000-40000 visitors come here every year.[citation needed] In 2003 a major restoration work was carried out at the mines to make it a tourist destination. Decorative light-work was done and some of the salt crystal found here is translucent, meaning it absorbs some light and reflects some.[citation needed] Depending upon the thickness (among other properties), the salt rock glows when lit in many different shades. The tourist attractions inside the mine include Assembly Hall, Pul-saraat, indoor brine ponds, Badshahi Mosque, Sheesh Mahal, Crystal Valley, Minar-E-Pakistan,, Narrow Gauge Electric Railway, Pakistan Post Office, salt crystal formations and old mining machinery.

Wadi-E-Tober is a "Mini Switzerland of Saltians"[citation needed] located on the way of Choa Saidanshah City. The valley is almost entirely populated by the Khewra's community in between high mountains.

Metha Patan Valley is a destination for trekking and hill walking. Metha Patan has a natural waterfall which provides sufficient water to Khewra City. It attracts tourists because of its natural environment.[citation needed] Metha Patan Valley has a potential for mountaineering and rock climbing.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 32°39′0″N 73°1′0″E / 32.65000°N 73.01667°E / 32.65000; 73.01667