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St. John in the Wilderness Church

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St. John in the Wilderness Church, Dharamshala Overview

St. John in the Wilderness, built in 1852, is one of the most important churches in Himachal Pradesh. Located near Dharamshala and on the way to Mcleodganj, this neo-gothic church was built in dedication to John the Baptist. Set amidst lush deodar forests, this peaceful edifice is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows. 

The eccentric church was built in dense woods which is why it is famous as 'St John in the Wilderness'. One of the oldest built structure of Dharamsala, this is also the final resting place of Lord Ergin, one of the governor generals and also viceroy of India during the British Raj. This St. John in the Wilderness Church should not be confused with the church of the same name located in Nainital, Uttarakhand.

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Situated on the Mallital Road, St John in the Wilderness Church is easily accessible by a local rickshaw or taxi. Since it is a well-known attraction in Dharamshala, most of the rickshaw and cab drivers will drop you here. In case you are staying at or near the Mall Road, you can even walk to the church, soaking in the mountain air.

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