St John in the Wilderness, Nynee Tal.
Photographer: Saché, John Edward
Medium: Photographic print
A photograph, from the ‘Album of Indian Views’, of the Church of St John-in-the-Wilderness, Nainital taken by John Edward Saché in the 1860s. In the 19th century hill stations became the favoured retreats of the British in India due to the refreshing mountain climate. Nainital became a venue for leisure activities and the town rapidly acquired an English character. The Church of St John-in-the-Wilderness was built in 1846 in the Gothic style and has a dark-coloured timber roof and stained glass windows. The area is vulnerable to landslides with a serious one occurring in September 1880, the church contains a memorial to the victims of that landslip.