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About St. John in the Wilderness

The Anglican Communion is an international organization comprising of independent churches. St. John in the Wilderness Church, built in 1852 at Dharamshala, is one of these. This church is dedicated to John the Baptist who was a Jewish preacher and used baptism (a Christian sacrament of admission) as the central sacrament of his messianic movement. Scholars believe that Lord Jesus was a follower of John. The church is located amid serenity, in between thick deodar forests. The architecture is neo-Gothic style characterized by decorative patterns, scalloping, hood moldings, stained glass panels and lancet windows. Lady Elgin donated Belgian stained glass windows that are used in the church. The church was partly destroyed in the 1905 Kangra earthquake, but the destroyed spire and bell tower were brought again from England in 1915. Today these can be seen installed outside the church compound. Reading the inscriptions of the long deceased at the graveyard that is next to the church creates an ambiance of intriguing, untold stories. This churchyard is the last resting place of Lord Elgin who was buried here in 1863. If you happen to visit the place, do spend a Sunday afternoon listening to choir recitals. For the experience of a quite place in green mountains and strolling in the wilderness- St. John’s Church is a must visit!

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Family, Couple, Solo
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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