Rarely do the planets align and send you a 5 star tour guide with a Masters in Ancient Indian History! How could you ask for anyone more perfect? Jacky is a very intelligent and knowledgeable guide who is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was respectful, helpful and considerate all day. He continuously asked me for confirmation about what I wanted to do and how I was feeling. His knowledge made everywhere we visit come alive and increase my limited knowledge of the history of the area. The observatory, city palace, lake palac and Fort Palace are complexand large sites and without his detailed guidance I wouldnt have got so much from the brief time in Jaipur. I was worried that I would be whisked from place to place with little information but Jacky’s itinerary made it feels like I’d spent hours in each place. Having lunch with him in the Green Parrot was delightful, real Indian food better than the Marriot buffet the day before. He also gave me a lot of information about Jaipur, it’s history, culture and economy. Being from the UK he also brought in relevant shared moments in history. He’s a great companion and photographer too if you are travelling on your own. All the sites are close to each other so easily do able in a day. The Great Wall of Jaipur is a smaller cousin of the Great Wall of China and still very impressive. The Fort site on the ridge of the hill is huge.
Unfortunately I didn’t find out until the evening before when I rang the company to find out when pick up would be that the train from Dehli to Jaipur isn’t operating at the moment. So I was offered the car tour instead. You leave at 5.am and takes 4 hours with a brief stop for breakfast, not included, and took 6 hrs to return , with a 30 mins stop for food, not, included, because of all the evening traffic. So take that into consideration when planning the rest of the evening and the next day.