Mcleodgunj is a small hilly town in the Himachal Pradesh state of India. Mcleodgunj was named after Sir Donald Friell Mcleod, the Lt. General of Punjab from 1865-1870. While Mcleod stands for his name, Ganj is the native term for town. Incidentally there is a Mcleod Road named after the same Viceroy in Lahore, Pakistan.
Just off the main road into McLeodgunj, stands an impressive church dating back to 1852.There are tall cedar trees in the area. This anglican church is 8 kms from Dharamsala and 1 km short of McLeodganj and lies between the suburb of Forsythganj and McLeodganj. It has stained-glass windows and is open on Sunday mornings for a weekly 10 am service.
The churchWithin its compound, is an obelisk erected in memory of the Viceroy, Lord Elgin (1862 – 1863) by his wife Mary Louisa Lambton.The cemetery also contains the graves of many victims of the 1905 earthquake, as well as a comparatively recent tomb of the actress Priya Rajvansh.
A general view of the cemetery.Two identical looking grave stones caught my eye and I went nearer. Two little sisters! Lucy Holden
One also sees the graves of a little brother and sister who died of diphtheria in 1872- within days of each other.
Photos, text and copyright: K.J.S.Chatrath
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