Looking for a peaceful and divine getaway in the hills? Look no further than St. John in the Wilderness Church in Nainital!
This ancient church, nestled amidst tall pine and deodar trees, is the perfect spot for solitude seekers and history buffs alike. And let’s not forget about the stunning Neo-Gothic architecture and beautiful stained-glass windows that make this church a true masterpiece.
Legend has it that the church is named after Bishop Daniel Wilson of Kolkata, who fell ill during his visit to Nainital and had to stay in an unfinished cottage on the edge of the forest. Hence, the church got the name St. John in the Wilderness Church. But don’t worry, you won’t have to rough it like the Bishop did – the church is fully finished and open to visitors from 7 AM to 6.30 PM.
But the real kicker? This church is the final resting place of Sir George Knox, as well as the mother and father of famed hunter and naturalist Jim Corbett. It’s no wonder he was such a frequent visitor to the church – the eerie yet positive aura of the graveyard is something to behold.
So whether you’re an architect looking to study Neo-Gothic style, a history buff in search of some fascinating gravesites, or just someone seeking a peaceful moment of reflection, St. John in the Wilderness Church is the place to be. Plus, confession sessions held here are not to be missed – nothing like a little spiritual cleansing to relieve the stress and burden of everyday life.