A two hundred years old sacred temple of Lord Shiva on the river bank adds to the mystique of the river. Across the road, many other temples are a major source of attraction for tourists.We resumed with our journey to McLeodganj, barely three kilometres from there. On the way our driver stopped asking us to visit St John’s Church. Against our expectations and no plans to visit this tranquil place, St John’s added joy to our journey. Such a magically wonderful place to visit.
I thought of picking a auto to my next spot but chilly weather beautiful road surrounded by trees & view of Dhauladhar range of Himalaya encouraged me to take a walk to St. John's church, it was just over a Kilometer from main square.
St. John Church : It is located in the wilderness of forests in McLeod Ganj just 5 mins distance from the entrance of the main city. The church was build Britishers almost 250 years back,it has a huge bell outside the church which is non-functional now. It is believed that the bell was used as an indication for gathering's and in case of emergency.Kalachakara Temple : This is another Tibetan temple located on the busy streets of city market.
Church of St. Johns in the wildernessSt. John in the Wilderness is an Anglican church dedicated to John the Baptist built in 1852. Set amidst deodar forest, and built in neo-Gothic architecture, the church is known for its Belgian stained-glass windows donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin. (Source - Wikipedia)
The board outside the church claims that this is one of the oldest Anglican Church in India, built in 1852 and dedicated to John the Baptist. The surrounding Deodar forest and the Belgian stained glass windows add to the architecture of the church. Buried in the graveyard right behind the church are the British Residents. History: in 1905, the bell tower and spire of the church were destroyed due to earthquake, while the structure survived. Ten years later, a new bell was brought from England and installed in the compound of the church.