Himalayan Pink salt is originally from Pakistan only. To be specific, it comes from Khewra salt mine located at Jhelum District, Punjab. The name does not necessarily connect to where it came from because this is located at the nearby Salt Range foothills. This Salt Range extends across the whole province of Punjab. The province covers about 300 kilometers of land. There are a variety of salt mines in this place, but Khewra is the only salt mines that produce true Himalayan salts. Khewra is claimed as the biggest salt mine there is in Pakistan. Also, they are leveled as the second largest in the whole world. That is the reason why it is being considered one of the major tourist destinations in Pakistan. They deserve that title since they attract people ranging up to quarter a million in each year. Every year people visit the salt mine constantly. Despite that, the salt mine still manages to produce a large amount of Himalayan salt yearly. In the present day, the Khewra site is solely a modern mining operation.
Himalayan salt was discovered around the year of 326 BC, which was for over 800 million years ago. Alexander the Great was considered the one who discovered the Himalayan salt. However, Alexander would not have discovered it without his horses. The horses are the ones who found the salt. They are licking the stones in the area. That is why the soldiers tried it for themselves; the discovery was shared.
Since the time it was discovered, it gives a great flavor and has a healing effect. Still, they didn’t have a large scale of mining the salt, not until the 16th century. It was when the Mughal Empire and also the Sikhs were using the salt for food and commerce. It is considered a valuable item which they transport as far as Central Asia through a yak. However, the sea salt was not fully exploited because of the narrow tunnels and the lack of water inside, which makes the mining so dangerous. Mining’s modern history begun the year 1872. It was the time where the British have taken over the Khewra salt mines. They find the production very inefficient with its old-school methods. Since then, they undertook an overhaul of the mine and they had built warehouses completely. As an addition, they also had widened the roads, the tunnels being expanded, and the excavation of the salt is mechanized.