Planning to wander in the lush forest amidst nature and looking for a serene and peaceful area, then visit St. John in the Wilderness. It is a church situated near Dharmshala, in the northern parts of the India region and established in 1852. It is just 8 km away from Dharamshala.
The church is dedicated to John the Baptist, constructed in a Neo-Gothic style, well-known and popular for its windows made of Belgian stained glass that was given away by the wife of Lord Elgin, Lady Elgin. The amazing part of this structure is when the earthquake had hit the areas of Kangra, this church remained untouched, only its bell tower was partially damaged.
This peaceful and magnificent edifice is built amidst the lush green forest where you will find peace and tranquility. The holy cross is made with colorful stones and the church is closely watched by the guards.
The church is admired for its Neo-gothic architectural design that is built in the dense forest, people visit to see the Christian cemetery that surrounds this building, stained-glass windows, and the greenery that covers this epitome. That is why it has been named ‘St. John in the Wilderness’, also known to be the oldest structure in Dharamshala. It boasts an astonishing architectural style, impeccably situated in the magnificent ‘Deodar’ forest in the wilderness.
The interior walls of this structure are lined with old plaques made with polished brass, stone, marble, and old brass oil lamps that are transformed into electric light holders. The building is quite active and well-maintained and a lot of visitors find the location as breath-taking with a picturesque view.
St. John’s Church in the Wilderness is an architectural marvel and is visited by many tourists every year. Thus, it is a must-see for those who are in the town. Take a stroll through the nearby market place and the area with a picturesque hill of McLeod Ganj. It is advisable to visit this place in summers, as in winter you can experience heavy snowfall which can be risky and concern to safety.
This church is one of the famous spots in Dharamshala and can be spotted & traveled on your own, without the need for a guide.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Triund Hill Trek-
Trek to this spectacular place which is relatively easy. Enjoy the gorgeous and amazing view of the landscapes that you can capture in your camera and make an unforgettable lifetime memory.
Camp near Dharamkot, an ideal beautiful place with a soothing atmosphere and indulge in the mesmerizing surroundings and sense the quietness and smoothness of this location.
The awe-striking and mind-blowing view of the Kangra valley attracts a lot of travelers with many iconic places nearby including Tibetan art and temples.
To have an enjoyable time with your family and friends, spend your time at this picnic spot called Bhagsu waterfall, which is just 3 kilometers at a distance from McLeod Ganj.
Take an adventurous and thrilling tour to the Kareri lake tour which starts from a straight plain road to excessive inclination and crossing the rivers using the wooden bridges.
Cafes and shops-
After a long tiring day, enjoy the cool breeze at the nearest cafes, bar, and lounge that serves delicious food with excellent service.