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Church of St. John in the Wilderness

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Church of St. John in the Wilderness

Location: The Church of St. John in the Wilderness is situated on the outskirts of Dharamshala in the forested area near McLeod Ganj, approximately 1.5 kilometers from the main square.
By Air: If you’re arriving by air, the nearest airport is Gaggal Airport, also known as Kangra Airport, which is around 20 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a local bus to Dharamshala.
By Train: The closest major railway station is Pathankot, which is well-connected to various cities in India. After reaching Pathankot, you can continue your journey to Dharamshala by taking a taxi or bus.
By Road: Dharamshala is accessible by road from various nearby cities, including Delhi, Chandigarh, and Amritsar. You can drive or book a bus to reach Dharamshala, and then make your way to the church.

Historical Beauty: The church is known for its colonial architecture and historical significance. It was built in the mid-19th century and is surrounded by tall deodar trees, creating a tranquil and enchanting ambiance.

2. Serenity: The church is a peaceful and quiet place for reflection and prayer. You can sit in the lush garden and enjoy the serene atmosphere.

3. Beautiful Stained Glass Windows: Inside the church, you’ll find stunning stained glass windows that add a touch of artistry and color to the interior.

4. John’s Tomb: In the churchyard, there is a memorial dedicated to Lord Elgin, who served as the Viceroy of India and was buried there. The tomb is another historical element to explore.

5. Nature Walks: Since the church is surrounded by the forest, it’s an ideal starting point for nature walks or treks in the Himalayan foothills.

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