Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is one of the most prominent hill stations and tourist places in India. Out of several spots to visit, the Christ Church is located at the most popular roads of Shimla- the Ridge. This Church is the second oldest church in Northern India and is a valued inheritance passed on from the era of the Colonial India.
Built in 1857, the Christ Church still stands firm and fine-looking attracting tourists throughout the year. The church is constructed in the Neo-Gothic style of architecture. The overall design of the church explicitly reflects the Elizabethan style. It has also got a rich collection of ancient scriptures and books. The pipe organ of the Church is said to be the biggest in India.
The glass paintings on the windows of the church wonderfully shows important values of Christianity viz. Patience, Faith, Charity, Hope, Humility and Fortitude. These paintings were derived from a design created by Mr. Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard Kipling- the writer of the Jungle Book. The church looks adorable at night as it shines brightly due to excellent lighting, set up thoughtfully.
The locals and the tourists, both, visit this church to spend quiet and peaceful moments in the lap of nature, away from the city’s pandemonium. The church is open Monday-Saturday for visitors from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. Though local taxis are available, walking down to the church is always suggested to enjoy the surrounding scenic beauty.