St. Johns Church in Wilderness in Himachal Pradesh

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Location: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 1,600m
Important Feature: A Memorial of British Viceroy Lord Englin
Built in: 1852

7-km upward from Dharamsala, between Forsyth Ganj and Mcleod Ganj lies the charming St. John's Church. It was built in 1852 and is dressed in grey stone with some fine Belgian stained glass windows donated by Lady Elgin. The church is popularly known as the church of St. John in Wilderness.

Under the shade of deodar branches, a memorial has been erected over the body of the then British Victory of India, Lord Englin who died in Dharamsala in 1863. There is a well-tended old graveyard on the grassy slopes.

In April 1998, thieves tried to steal the old bell but could only move it about 300m. All valuable items have since been sent to Kangra and Palampur for safekeeping.

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