HimVani Dharamshala: Situated in Dhramashala Cant, the church of St. John, and the cemetery adjoining it, which are more than 150 years old and a must visit for foreigners, are in a very bad condition. On their third visit to Dharamsala, Leon & Phiona, a married couple from Glasgow met HimVani and strongly voiced their concern about this cathedral.
According to Phiona, “The church is a heritage site and must be properly looked after as it is known worldwide for its architecture style and, moreover, is a memorial for Lord Elgin, (the British viceroy of India). But look at broken beer bottles all around and garbage littered everywhere. The cemetery seems like heaven for trespassers, who for their greed have not even spared the dead as many graves have been broken and their marble stolen. What is the government doing as there is not even a fence around the cemetery,” Leon complained.
Well, even after being registered in the category of protected monuments where defacing, trespassing is strictly prohibited, it looks like nothing seems to work. While the government has from time to time announced grand plans to preserve and promote British churches and cemeteries as tourist places, it is now quite clear that on ground not even a simple fence has come up.