St. John In The Wilderness

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Overview

Planning to wander in the lush forest amidst nature and looking for a serene and peaceful area, then visit St. John in the WildernessIt 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. 

 

 

What is it famous for? 

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 In The Wilderness

 

 


Is this place worth seeing? 

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.

 

 

Would you recommend a guide?

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

  • Sunday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 07:00 am to 06:00 pm

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.

 

How to Reach

  • By Flight : You can take a flight to the closest airport that is Kangra, which is at a distance of 21 km from the church. From there, you need to either hire a local taxi or you can board a bus or train to reach Dharamshala
  • By Train : The closest railway station is Nagrota, however traveling by train can be a bit tiring, as the railway station is quite far away, located at a distance of 32 kilometers.
  • By Roadways : Commuting by road is the easiest and convenient way to reach the church. Depot Bazar is the nearest bus stand, located at a distance of just 6 km away from the church. Another best option is to walk down the hill which is just 20 minutes at a walkable distance from the bus station.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Tourist Attractions

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.

Camping-

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.

Kangra Valley-

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.

Waterfall-

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.

Lake Trek-

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.

 

Address

St. John in the Wilderness, Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj, McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Mayank Singh
Mayank Singh
07/18/2020 13:02
It was one of my amazing experience. Car parking space is easily available but it sometimes take 15 to 20 minutes more in weekdays. The church is surrounded by dark green trees and silence. I personally suggest you to please enjoy the nature and don't spend your lots of time in photography.
Priyanka Singh
Priyanka Singh
08/14/2020 10:41
It's a beautiful place to visit... The surrounding is very peaceful and calm. Also the scenic beauty is very much appreciable.
Abhishek Saklani
Abhishek Saklani
07/22/2020 13:17
Located near Mcleodganj. Ideal place for nature lovers. Church is surrounded by greenery, hiking across this and passing through conspicuous area covered with Deodar🌲🌲 is simply unmatchable experience.👌
Gaurav Pal
Gaurav Pal
08/12/2020 13:10
It's a lovely place it feels like a heaven of Himachal Pradesh Mcleodganj , that place nearly to the regional mountaineering centre 🥰
Garv Asnani
Garv Asnani
03/16/2020 21:31
A beautiful and calming destination which gives you soothing relaxation in its serenity. The architecture and stained Belgian windows take you on a trip to the 19th century. This church also holds the gravestone of James Bruce, the Viceroy of India. The churchyard is lush green, with chirping birds and pleasant weather. You won't ever regret visiting this beautiful specimen of the Victorian regime.

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FAQs

St. John In The Wilderness was built in the year of 1852 which is dedicated to John the baptist.
St. John In The Wilderness is situated at Road to Naddi Village from McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh.
St. John In The Wilderness church opens 7 days a week from 7 am to 6 pm.
Trek to Triund Hill, a spectacular place that 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. After a long tiring day, enjoy the cool breeze at the nearest cafes, bar, and lounge that serves delicious food with excellent service.
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.
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