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St. John's Church, Dalhousie
St. John's Church, Dalhousie

St. John's Church was founded in the year 1863, the Church happens to be the oldest shrine in the city. This Protestant Church was the first church to be built in Dalhousie. Its architectural design is Victorian.

With memories of the British regime, this Protestant Church in Dalhousie is a reminiscent of the Victorian era. It was Constructed during the rule of Britishers in India, this church was founded by the protestant missionaries. Located amidst beautiful natural backdrop, this church is one of the most visited churches of the town. This soaring formation is a copy of the Roman Catholic Church of England. It was located on the Gandhi Chowk which is about 2 kms from the main bus stand of Dalhousie, this stylish building bear historical significance. Tourists can reach there by taxi or on foot. Regular Prayer Services are held every Sunday in the Church. This is the oldest of the five churches in Dalhousie and carries immense historical significance. The church is famous for its wonderful stained glass work.

The place is not only popular among the devotees and religiously inclined people, but also among history lovers, tourists and avid readers. In addition, a library is also situated nearby this church. The Church library houses a rich collection of books and rare photographs, which exactly describe the history and culture of Dalhousie. This striking structure is situated in the surroundings of beautiful surroundings. Though tainted, the stain glass portholes of this Church add to the beauty.


This Church stands on the Gandhi Chowk which is about 2 kms. from the main bus stand of Dalhousie. This Church was the first to be built after the town of Dalhousie was founded. Prior to 1863 a wooden structure stood at this place. The idea to build a stone structure took birth with the arrival of Rev. John H. Pratt who came to Dalhousie in 1863 and inspired the Christian community to build a permanent church building at this place. Building of this church is a copy of Roman Catholics church of England but this church belongs to Protestants.

How to reach There

By Rail
Nearest railhead is Pathankot which is about 80 km from Dalhousie and is well connected by rail to various cities in India, including Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar.

By Road
Bus services by public transport system are available connecting to the towns in and around Dalhousie. Overnight luxury buses are available from Delhi (590 km distance).

By Air
Nearest airport is Pathankot which is about 80 km from Dalhousie and Jammu at a distance of 180 km from Dalhousie. Pathankot is connected to Delhi only, while Jammu has more frequent air services to Delhi and other destinations in North India.



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