Himachal Tourist Guide

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie, Chamba, IndiaDalhousie is a hill station full of colonial charm that holds lingering echoes of the Raj. Spread out over five hills. Named after Lord Dalhousie...

Dharamsala

Dharamsala, Kangra, HimachalDharamsala is bea- utiful & peaceful town, surrounded by forests of pine. Up there is Suburb of Dharamsala called Macleodganj or Little Lhasa...

Chruch of St. John in the wilderness

Chruch of St. John in the wilderness, DharamsalaIt is 8 km from Dharamsala. A dressed-stone church by the side of which is a grave of Lord Elgin, British Viceroy who died at Dharamsala in 1863. There is also a huge  church-bell here. 10-15 minutes of downhill walking from Mcleodganj or Naddi brings you to the Church of St. John in the Wilderness.

St. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church dedicated to Saint John built in 1863, located near Dharamsala, India, on the way to Mcleodganj, at Forsyth Gunj. Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo-Gothic architecture, the church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin.  Though the church structure survived the 1905 Kangra earthquake, which killed close to 19,800 people, injured thousands in the Kangra area, and destroyed most buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala. its spire, Bell tower, was however destroyed. Later, a new bell, built in 1915 by Mears and Stainbank, was brought from England and installed outside in the compound of the church.

Chruch of St. John in the wilderness, Dharamsala, Kangra ,HimachalIts churchyard is the final resting place of Lord Elgin, who served as Governor General of the Province of Canada, who oversaw the Creation of Responsible Government in Canada, and later, while in China , ordered the complete destruction of the Old Summer Palace. He became Governor-General & Viceroy of India in 1861 during the British Raj, though he soon died at Dharamsala on November 20, 1863, and was buried there. Also buried here is David Mcleod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab for whom Mcleodganj was named. Ganj is a Hindi word meaning "market" or "neighborhood."

FAST FACTS : 

  •  Timing :  Visiting hours for the church and cemetery are 10 am to 5 pm each day. 11:00 AM Sunday Service. Closed on Holidays.
  •  Nuisance : None, except , the occasional crowd in the grounds.
  •  Connectivity : Autos, taxis, buses and walking.
  •  Best time to visit : Whole year is best to visit.

Chamba

chamba, himachal
Chamba valley, the most loveliest in Himachal, is known for its scenic attractions, sparkling streams, beautiful lakes and crowned with high mountains ranges...

Kullu Manali

Kullu Manali, Himachal

 Kullu - Manali, A honeymooners place, is gifted with every thing that one can imagine. Kullu "The end of habitable world" and  Manali "Queen of Hills"...

 

Shimla

Shimla, Himachal, India

 Shimla a tourist destination. A beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. At a distance of 45 km, a prettiest place Solan exists"...

 

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