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St. John Church

Dharamshala

13.7/5(20 Ratings)

St. John Church Overview

Ranked 10 of 54 sightseeing in Dharamshala

St. John Church in Dharamshala is also known as St. John Church in Wilderness. It is an Anglican Church which is dedicated to Saint John. This church was constructed in the year 1852, situated at Forsyth Ganj. It is built in Neo-Gothic architectural style and features Belgian stained-glass windows that were donated by Lady Elgin (Mary Louisa Lambton), wife of Lord Elgin.

In 1905 an earthquake destroyed the bell tower of this church. A new bell was built by Stainbank and Mears in 1915, which was brought from England. The Gaggal Airport and Pathankot Railway Station are situated close to this ancient church.  
 

What travellers are saying about St. John Church

Experience scale
  • Good 8
  • Very Good 4
  • Average 1
  • Excellent 1
  • Terrible 0
  • Poor 0
  • Below Average 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchaseFood available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilitiesBathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowedCamera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowedWearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/StorageLockers/Storage

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Saturday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Sunday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
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83% voted as clean

Video Reviews

St John Church  Video Review

St John Church

Good ancient church of Dharamshala  Video Review

Good ancient church of Dharamshala

Good place to visit in Dharmashala  Video Review

Good place to visit in Dharmashala

Very holy and peaceful place  Video Review

Very holy and peaceful place

Holy place coverd by nature  Video Review

Holy place coverd by nature

Good to visit  Video Review

Good to visit

Church built by Indian Army  Video Review

Church built by Indian Army

Very nice place to visit  Video Review

Very nice place to visit

St. John in the Wilderness - You won't regret  Video Review

St. John in the Wilderness - You won't regret

Beautiful inside  Video Review

Beautiful inside

Reviews and Ratings

Ashok Jolly

Ashok Jolly3.6/5

32 reviews

One of the oldest chruch built by birtish

perhaps one of the oldest chruch built by birtish in 1852 reminder of the raj destroyed by earthquake in 1905 rebuilt by Indian army kudos to the great Indian army very peaceful well maintained devdar trees neat ad clean great artitecture. departed souls lie in peace. for bollywood fans the heroine priya rajvanshi wife of chetanand is buried here

Lalnuntluanga Pachuau

Lalnuntluanga Pachuau4.3/5

4 reviews

The Church at the Hilltop

A quaint little church sits at the top of a hill.Bewildered by trees and and stone masonry of fine class.It also houses a graveyard of the previous British colony that ruled over here.A must visit for Christians and also there is a church service at Sundays.A place where you can meditate and have a chat with God.

Vikas Joshi

Vikas Joshi4.3/5

8 reviews

Slice of History

Britishers just got it at the right place. This place has slice of history in it. Its stone masonry is simple superb. The govt can do more to beautify this place and make this place an amazing tourist spot.
  • Slice of History
  • Slice of History

Rakesh Razdan

Rakesh Razdan3.6/5

4 reviews

Church is not maintained well

Our visit to the church was average visit.The church is not maintained inspite of the historical importance attached with it.Though it is located in gud Location it cud have maintained well for memorable visit.

Siddharth Ajmera

Siddharth Ajmera3.2/5

56 reviews

Church of St. John and Saint John's Church are the same place.

The church is very old and has been rebuilt. It's quite cold in April there so I recommend taking warm clothes. It's just on the way to McLeod Ganj. It's quite spooky.
  • Church of St. John and Saint John's Church are the same place.
  • Church of St. John and Saint John's Church are the same place.
  • Church of St. John and Saint John's Church are the same place.
  • Church of St. John and Saint John's Church are the same place.
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Siddharth Ajmera

Siddharth Ajmera3.2/5

56 reviews

Just a church with beautiful surroundings

The church is on the way to McLeod Ganj. It is situated amidst lush trees and grass. There is a cemetery nearby which makes it kinda spooky. The Church has dark and cold interiors. We visited on Good Friday this year and it was very cold inside. I would recommend warm clothes.
  • Just a church with beautiful surroundings
  • Just a church with beautiful surroundings
  • Just a church with beautiful surroundings
  • Just a church with beautiful surroundings
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Prajakta Baikar

Prajakta Baikar3.6/5

21 reviews

A peaceful place to visit

Quite, clean and peaceful place to visit in dharamshala. Its the oldest church and well maintained. We can roam around and see the scenic beauty of the area. overall good place.
  • A peaceful place to visit
  • A peaceful place to visit

Manish Kathuria

Manish Kathuria5.0/5

3 reviews

Nice Calm Place

Nice heritage catholic building worth visiting for peace & nice view also. Nice place for some scenic beauty. Just Near McLeodganj. If you can walk then hust enjoy the beauty along the road. Must visit during your stay

Vaibhav Rastogi

Vaibhav Rastogi3.2/5

6 reviews

Beautiful and peaceful surrounding

Peaceful place.....the church is very old but maintained....although church is not that good but the garden outside is good place to enjoy nature......

Indu Singh

Indu Singh3.6/5

2 reviews

Gothic yet amazing

Remember the horror movies where on a hill station, there is a church and cemetery around. That's the place!!If you are visiting Dharamsala for the first time, you will visit this place most likely as its on the way to McLeod Ganj. And, you must.a) for that spooky feeling. completely awesome!!b) for the beautiful garden around. relaxes you instantly.c) for your love of photos. Surrounded with trees and in forest, it provides perfect setting for some gorgeous pictures.Unfortunately, we reached after 5 PM and it was closed. So, if you want to see inside of the church better visit early.Visited June 2014

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