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St. James’ Church (Skinner's Church) Tours

St. James’ Church (Skinner's Church)
Situated in the northern reaches of Old Delhi, the pale-yellow St. James’ Church (Skinner's Church) is a historic house of worship that's still used by the local Anglican community to this day. It was consecrated in 1836, making it one of the oldest churches in the city, and its adjacent cemetery contains the tombs of many important Raj-era officials.
 
The Basics
Also known as Skinner's Church after the British Colonel James Skinner, who commissioned it, St. James’ Church is an excellent example of Palladian architecture. Design elements of this pale-yellow structure include a cruciform plan, porticoed porches, and a big octagonal dome. It also contains a number of beautiful stained-glass windows brought in from Europe, plus art by Italian painter Pompeo Girolamo Batoni.
While it’s not the most popular Delhi attraction, some tours focusing on Raj-era history or spirituality stop by the church. You can also arrange to visit via a private tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Remember to dress conservatively; dresses or trousers and shirts covering the shoulders are preferable to tank tops and shorts.
  • Services are held every Sunday at 8:30am (from Easter through September) or 9am (from October 1 through Easter).
  • The church’s non-service opening hours vary, so it’s a good idea to call ahead or go with an organized tour.
 
How to Get There
St. James’ Church is in Old Delhi, just north of Chandni Chowk. It's a 5-minute walk from Kashmiri Gate, Old Delhi's main long-distance bus depot. The Yellow, Red, and Violet lines of the Delhi Metro also stop here. For travelers coming by car, it's about a 15-minute drive to Connaught Place, New Delhi's de facto city center.
 
When to Get There
The church is open throughout the year, and the interiors are relatively cool, making it a good place to visit even during the hot season. Coming on a Sunday morning for service is the best way to get the full experience. There are also services and other events throughout the year; check the church’s website for the liturgical calendar.
 
Skinner’s Promise
James Skinner first decided to build St. James’ Church after lying wounded on a battlefield at Uniara, facing the potential of his death. According to legend, Skinner made a promise to God that if he survived, he would build a church. Today, Skinner's remains are interred in the church, with a gravestone just by the altar.
Address: Church Road, Mori Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
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War History Tour Of Old Delhi

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War History Tour Of Old Delhi

Visit the important monuments of Old Delhi that have a link with the colonial past of India. Go to Kashmere Gate that was once the starting point of a road to Kashmir. Also visit St. James’s Church and take a look at the Old Post Office building that was built by the British. End your tour with a visit to one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world. Highlights: • Kashmere Gate • St. James’ Church, an Anglican Church • Old Post Office • The haunted Lothian Cemetery
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95,88
US$102,00
US$6,12 savings
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US$102,00
US$6,12 savings
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Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Old Delhi

Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Old Delhi

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Visit spiritual sites in the walled city of Old Delhi on a full-day tour with your own private guide. Attractions include Laxmi Narayan Temple, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Jama Masjid, St James Church, Akshardham Temple, and Lotus Temple. Learn about these houses of worship and the spiritual faiths that they serve, and take in the fine architecture and decor at each site.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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US$45,00
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From
US$45,00
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1857 Mutiny Walk - The Story Of The Siege Of Delhi

1857 Mutiny Walk - The Story Of The Siege Of Delhi

This is a morning tour of the most important sites of the famous and brutal Mutiny in Delhi in May of 1857. Indian Sepoys rebelled against the powerful East India Company. The rebellion lacked leadership and eventually failed. It killed many. The tour is conducted by a mixture of walking and auto-rickshaw use to visit the sites. Highlights • St James Church • Nicholson’s Grave • Telegraph Memorial • Kashmere Gate
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$88,00
Price varies by group size
From
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Spiritual sites of Hindu, Mushlim, Sikh & Christian

Spiritual sites of Hindu, Mushlim, Sikh & Christian

This tour include visit to Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, St. James’ Church & Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included. We provide pick up and drop off from city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest interest during the tour if possible.
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  • 6 hours 9 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$69,00
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From
US$69,00
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Private Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Tour

Private Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites Tour

Explore the top spiritual attractions in the walled city of Old Delhi with a private guide during this eight-hour tour. A private vehicle provides a comfortable ride during the tour.Go on a private tour to explore the temples and spiritual sites of Old Delhi. The tour includes temples of various faiths, disciplines and historical periods, offering the opportunity to see contrasting architectural styles. Explore India’s rich faith-based history and then go back in time at holy sites in Old Delhi. 1. Begin the day at Laxmi Narayan Temple 2. Visit the largest Sikh temple in Delhi at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib 3. Admire the flower-inspired design of the Lotus Temple 4. Explore the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India 5. Beauty of St James Church 6. Enjoy the services of a private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71,80
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US$71,80
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Lutyens Delhi

Lutyens Delhi

Travelers interested in history and architecture will love this tour of Delhi. Edward Lutyens designed much of the area that’s now known as New Delhi, and on this tour you’ll learn all about his work while visiting the most important and beautiful buildings and monuments. These include Connaught Place, India Gate, Parliament House, and more. Learn about the history of Delhi and the various powers that have controlled it over the centuries. This is an interesting tour for first-time or repeat visitors to Delhi.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$71,00
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British Raj Heritage Tour in Delhi

British Raj Heritage Tour in Delhi

British Raj legacy is still present in the form of English architecture at various Part of the country. Delhi got its new name and status as a capital from Britain only 100 years ago. Starting from Flagstaff tower in North Delhi where British subjects fleeing bloody first Indian freedom war assembled to escape Delhi, drive past the viceregal lodge now functioning as a state legislature. Moving on to Old Delhi where we cover , British magazine, Head post office & a haunted British cemetery where the British soldiers killed in Indian freedom struggle are laid to rest.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42,31
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US$42,31
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Old Delhi Oldest corners and alleys discovery

Old Delhi Oldest corners and alleys discovery

No tourist is aware that actually all the so-called old Delhi tours cover only the newest parts of old Delhi. Most operators ignore the real ancient corners which were originally built by the mighty mughal emperors and the builder of taj mahal. Our tour is a tribute to those authentic old delhi spots which do bring justice to its name.., the Old Delhi
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53,85
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From
US$53,85
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Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Delhi with lunch

Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Delhi with lunch

This is a full-day tour of some of the spiritual sites of Delhi. You will be accompanied by a private guide who will share with you some insights into the various religions of this diverse country. Visit Hindu temples, a Baha’i temple, a mosque, a gurdwara (Sikh temple) and a church and see for yourself how the various religions peacefully co-exist in this large, secular and democratic country. Highlights • Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Hindu Temple • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh Temple • Jama Masjid, largest mosque in India • St. James’ Church, an Anglican church • Akshardham Temple, largest temple complex of the world
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$160,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$160,00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Delhi

Private Tour of Temples and Spiritual Sites of Delhi

This is a full-day tour of some of the spiritual sites of Delhi. You will be accompanied by a private guide who will share with you some insights into the various religions of this diverse country. Visit Hindu temples, a Baha’i temple, a mosque, a gurdwara (Sikh temple) and a church and see for yourself how the various religions peacefully co-exist in this large, secular and democratic country. Highlights • Lakshmi Narayan Temple, a Hindu Temple • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh Temple • Jama Masjid, largest mosque in India • St. James’ Church, an Anglican church • Akshardham Temple, largest temple complex of the world
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$122,00
Price varies by group size
From
US$122,00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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