Shimla: Dr. Arun Kumar, Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation Department said that to attract the international visitors, the Department had got published a book on “The Churches and Christian Cemeteries of Himachal Pradesh” listing various graves & cemeteries in the State where thousands of Europeans have been laid to rest. He said that the Department expected that with this document, it would invoke a desire amongst the foreigners to visit the graves, churches & cemeteries in the Pradesh.
He further stated that the book would be made available during the upcoming Common Wealth Games at New Delhi, besides at British & other Embassies. This document will also be available in all the tourist information centers within & outside the State, he added.
The document has the details about the oldest cemetery in Shimla, near Oak Over, where the burial ground was opened around year 1828 and the first grave is dated 1829. Then there is Cart Road Cemetery where Major Samuel Boileau Goad was also buried. He was one of Shimla’s most prominent residents and owned at-least thirty three of Shimla’s most valuable properties including Barne’s Court, Kennedy House, the Park and Holly Lodge, besides, the details of cemeteries at Sanjauli, below St. Bedes, Kanlog, Jutogh, Kotgarh and Subathu etc..
He said that the book also has details of churches, cemeteries and memorials at Nahan, Kasauli, Kangra, Palampur, Mcleodganj, Dalhousie and Chamba. Then there is a memorial to Penelope Chetwode at Khanag, near Ani in Outer Seraj of Kullu district. Penelope was the daughter of Field Marshal Baron Chetwode who had served as Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army (1930-35). She remained in love with Himachali hills till her death in 1986 on a trek between Shimla & Kullu over the Jalori Pass.
Edited by: Johar Singh