The first ever clock tower established at the Palace of Westminster was in 1288. Unfortunately, it was destroyed along with the old Palace of Westminster by the devastating fire that broke out on the fateful night of 16 October 1834. Then the chief architect of the palace Charles Barry was assigned with the contract of designing the palace and he included a clock tower in his designs. Thus, the credit for designing the Big Ben goes to Charles Barry while the cast iron dials of the clock were designed by Augustus Pugin.
The building of the tower was completed in 1856. The lower part of the tower is made of brick and stones and the upper part is made from cast iron. The spire of the tower consists of an iron frame that provides support to the heavy bells. The hour bell of the clock is named Big Ben but its remaining four quarter bells are nameless. It is said that Big Ben got its name after Sir Benjamin Hall who was the Commissioners of Works and was famous for his bulky body.
Big Ben Facts for Kids
The Big Ben is the largest chiming bell of the world. The height of the clock tower, where Big Ben is located is 316 feet and it took 13 long years to build it. The tower is slightly leaned (8.66 inches) towards northwest direction. Its inner volume is 4,650 cubic meters.
The diameter of Big Ben is 8 feet and it weighs 13.5 tons which is almost the same as that of a small elephant! The giant structure of Big Ben was built at Whitechapel Bell Foundry, in East London by George Mears. It was cast on 10th April 1858. It took almost two weeks to cool down. Then it was transported to the Westminster Palace by a horse-drawn carriage.
The four faces of the clock are at a height of 55 meters above the ground and the diameter of each of the dials is 23 feet. There is a Latin inscription with gold letters at the base of all the four clocks of the tower: “DOMINE SALVAM FAC REGINAM NOSTRAM VICTORIAM PRIMAM”. This means, “O Lord, keep safe our Queen Victoria the First”.
The Big Ben chimed for the first time on 11th July 1859. The chimes of Big Ben was first broadcast by BBC radio on the New Year’s Eve of 1923. Over the years, the sound of Big Ben became well-known to the BBC World Service listeners all across the world. Till date, it continues to be the focus of the New Year celebrations in the UK.
After reading all these exciting Big Ben facts in this article, you know that it is one destination you do not want to miss while sightseeing in London. In fact, it is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the world. However, you can see the tower ONLY from outside. General public is prohibited from getting inside the tower due to security reasons. The view of the Big Ben is at its best during the nighttime when the faces of the clock are illuminated.
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Posted: May 17, 2013 in Destinations, Family Holiday, Tourism
Situated on the calm turquoise seas of the Arabian Gulf, Dammam is now Saudi Arabia’s premiere port and a major export hub for petroleum and natural gas. It is also the centre of learning in the kingdom, thanks to the celebrated King Faisal University.
However, There is more to this city than trade, commerce and industrious students. The city offers quite a bit in terms of adventure, such as the thills and spills of desert safaris and dune bashing. Or for a more relaxing time, you can always take wander through the 20-year-old Red sea coral house that has now become the Municipal Museum, where the traditional style rooms are exhibits by themselves.
You can sample the local culture at the lively bazaars , and pick up high quality jewellery at good and affordable prices at the gold souk. Also worth a visit is nearby jubail. Nestled on the arabian Gulf coast, Old Town of Al Jubail, was originally a small fishing village, but after much government investment has now become a commercial hotspot.
Rub Al Khali: Those wanting to push the limits can explore the Rub Al Khali, or the Empty Quater- one of the world’s largest sand deserts. It is a place of harsh extremes that often called the most barren place on earth.
Al Hofuf: The colourful and bustling camel market of hofuf is the perfect place to spend am amusing afternoon. For a unique insight into how the people of the region have lived for centuries, a visit to the nomadic settlements is a must.
A PLACE FOR EVERYONE
The Arab penchant for luxury is particularly pronounced in Saudi Arabia, and Dammam boasts its share of opulent 5-star hotels. Even the 4-star and 3-star establishments are rather well appointed. Service is warm and pleasant all around.
While Dammam takes pride in its four wheel drives, the city has made sure there is no lack of transportation facilities. Buses and service taxis ply to all the popular sites for around the same price, and interstate trains between Dammam and Riyadh run three times a day except on thursdays.
Official Currency: Saudi Riyal
Languages: Arabic (officilal), English
Time Zone: GMT/UTC ‘Q’ 3 Hours.
ISD Code: +966
Best Time To Visit: November – February
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Posted: May 8, 2013 in Destinations, Travel Tips, Visa Requirements
Tags: Dammam, Gulf, Hofuf, Jubail, Middle East, Riyadh, Rub Al Khali, Saudi Arabia
The Seychelles islands are a unique destination faithful to their epithet…”another world”. Since the dawn of time, when they first broke away from the super-continent of pangea as group of sparkling isles that eventually came to settle in splendid isolation in the south-western Indian ocean, they have been a sanctuary for some of the rarest flora and fauna and spectacular natural beauty on earth. And today, for the modern traveler grown weary of mundane holiday experinces, they provide stunning diversity and a wide choice of experience to enjoy.
The seychelles accommodation scene is as wonderfully varied as the backdrop of the islands themselves and provides everything from the well-appointed opulence of 5-star hotels and secluded island getaways to the intimate creole charm of the smaller hotel, creole guesthouse and self -catering establishment. As a basic guideline, a hotel offering more 25 rooms is considered a ”large” hotel and you will still find very few hotels offering 100 rooms or more.
With many exciting new hotel projects already up and running and numerous others on the horizon, whatever type of establishment you choose, you are sure to find one that suits both your personal criteria, your pocket and your aspirations for a truly memorable holiday.
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Posted: May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
General Keep a checklist
- Make a checklist of what you want to take with you about a week before your vacation to avoid packing in a panic.
- Keeping a list in your hand luggage, will prove handy, should anything go missing and an insurance claim ensue.
- Please carry your medication & all medical details along with a prescription with you, making sure they include:
- Your Health Insurer’s contact details and your policy number
- Name and address of contacts in the event of an emergency
- Your blood type, general medical history, list of any medications you are taking, known allergies, glasses/ contact lens prescription, etc.
Must Haves-Make sure to carry:
- At least one set of clothes in your hand luggage in case of baggage delay or loss
- Your sun glasses, scarf, hat/cap, cardigan, camera in your hand luggage if your tour starts on arrival itself
- A comfortable pair of walking shoes; you may be on your feet for a long time en tour
- Appropriate swimwear / beachwear for swimming activities. You will not be allowed to enter the pool (at hotels and on cruise) without suitable clothing
- Your camera, if you are planning on taking photographs on your holiday. Check the batteries and carry spares, since it is often difficult to buy replacements. More importantly, carry a good supply of film rolls, as it can be both expensive and troublesome finding the right film and quality.
Airport: Pre Departure formalities include readying your
- Air tickets
- Foreign exchange
- Airline Bookings
- Report at least 3 hours prior to departure.
Baggage X Ray and Check in Counter
- All check in baggage must be X – rayed
- Check in baggage must not exceed 20 Kgs and handbags must not exceed 1 piece (7 kgs)
- All check in baggage must be locked
- Do not put any cash/jewelry/expensive items inside the check in baggage
- Use some form of permanent identification on your check in luggage and also note its make/brand. This is useful at the time of baggage claim and to trace the same in case of any delay/ loss en route
- Proceed to check in at the airlines counter and hand over your passports and air tickets
- A baggage identification slip showing the destination of baggage, your boarding card, passport, air ticket & embarkation card will be handed over to you
- Fill the embarkation card & proceed to the immigration counter
Always keep the following in safe custody:
- Baggage identification slip
- Air ticket
- Boarding card -till the end of the journey
- Personal Foreign Exchange
- Proceed to the Immigration Counter; hand over your passport, air ticket, boarding card & embarkation card to the officer
- You may be asked about the reason for travel. Furnish the same; in case of any problems contact your SOTC tour manager
- All documents (except the embarkation card) duly checked and stamped will be returned back to you
- Hand over your passport, air ticket & boarding card to the officer. The same will be stamped & returned back to you
- You are not allowed to carry more than Rs.2000 and US$ 10000 (cash limit US$ 2000) as per the RBI rule
- Any foreign currency carried along must be endorsed on your passport
- Value goods like zoom cameras, video cameras, computers, laptops, etc. should also be endorsed on your passport
- (If you do not endorse these, you will have to pay a customs duty when you return back to India, as the same will be treated as imported items)
- Proceed to the boarding gate as specified on your boarding card where your hand baggage will be X-rayed
- On board please be seated as per seats allocated
- Snacks/ meals will be served as per airlines policy
- En route, you will be handed a disembarkation card to be filled and kept ready on arrival
- Airport Formalities on arrival
- As you leave the aircraft, please ensure you carry along all personal belongings & documents including- passport, air tickets, handbag, wallet, cardigans/ clothing, etc.
- To use a prepaid Cart (‘trolley’) at certain airports, you will have to insert the required coins in the cart machine and a single cart will be released.
- You may be asked about your itinerary, purpose of visit and place of stay, etc.
- Hand over your passport, boarding card and disembarkation card (Counterfoil of disembarkation card is a very important document and it is your duty to retain the same till the time you depart from the destination country. You may not be allowed to board your return flight if you lose this counterfoil)
- Proceed to the baggage claim area to collect your bags from the baggage belt
- Fill out your declaration in advance to speed your customs and immigration clearance. When making your written declaration, you must list all goods accompanying you other than your personal effects, along with their price or value.
- Prohibited items: In general, you may not carry explosive, corrosive or inflammable products, arms and ammunition in your luggage.
- Duty-free items: Personal effects intended for your personal use during your trip, and purchases made at airport duty free shops are considered free of duties and taxes.
- Your Exemptions
Articles brought into the different countries are subject to duty and internal revenue tax unless they are prohibited entry, but as a visitor or nonresident, you are allowed certain exemptions and privileges.
- Prohibited and Restricted Articles
- Lottery tickets, narcotics and dangerous drugs, obscene articles and publications, seditious and treasonable materials, hazardous articles switch-blade knives, biological materials, pirated books, video tapes, computer programs or cassettes, artifacts/cultural property, firearms & ammunition, food products, fruits, vegetables, plants, meats, livestock, poultry, hunting trophies
- For more information please contact the local Embassy.
- Check-in and check-out times are usually 1400hrs and 1200hrs respectively. However, this may be different for some properties.
- Room/s will be assigned to you at the time of check-in and can vary in specifications according to the availability at the time of check-in and at the discretion of the hotel.
- Each time you leave the room, please ensure you deposit your room keys at the front desk making it easy for your room mate to access the same
- It is not advisable to carry the room key outside the hotel; you may be charged (often, a huge sum) if it is misplaced
Security of documents
- Always keep copies of your passport, air ticket and any important documents securely
- Responsibility of all your documents lies with you and SOTC will not take any responsibility for the same
- It is suggested you keep your passport and air ticket safely in your locked bags or you can use a locker at the hotel. Locker facilities are available on request (You may have to pay a deposit to use the facility, the same is refunded on checkout)
- Hotel address
- It is advisable to carry a hotel card/ brochure with you; the address mentioned will be helpful to guide you back or if you lose your way.
- Coffee/ Tea
- Some hotels may have in room coffee/ tea making facility (please check with the hotel staff if this service is complimentary)
- Refrigerator/ Mini Bar
- Some rooms may have a mini refrigerator or a mini bar stocked with soft and hard beverages or a basket of eatables
- Please note that these are chargeable of utilized and not included in your tour itinerary package
- Pay Channel/ Pay T.V.
- Rooms may also provide subscribed pay channels, the use of which will be charged when you check out
- If you order anything extra like Tea/ coffee, laundry services, liquor, make telephone calls, breakfast in the room, or cause any damages to the room you are staying in, it will be charged to you directly.
- Breakfast timings at the hotel are generally 7:00am onwards (unless specified otherwise in itinerary) and generally served at the hotel restaurant.
Food General Tips For Europe
- Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available in Europe, that consist of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.
- Tap water is generally safe and portable throughout the continent. However, a bottle of mineral water will cost you the same as a bottle of coke i.e. about Euro2. You will often find that beverages (alcoholic/ non-alcoholic) come cheaper.
- Meals in Europe typically cost about EUR10 – EUR15 if you choose a Mc Donald’s or similar fast food joints. This will buy you a burger, shake or drink.
- If you opt for a restaurant, an average meal consisting of soup, salad, light main course and a drink will cost you about EUR20 – EUR25.
- Italian & French cuisine with their variety of pastas and pizzas come inexpensive (EUR10 – EUR15). Pizzas are also served by slice (EUR3 – EUR5), making it a good in between snack.
- Indian food in London is very easy to find but relatively expensive. A very average meal at a restaurant will cost you about £15 – £20
For Far East & Islands
- Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available, that consist of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.
- Vegetarians can safely try the wide variety of continental food available consisting of hearty portions of soups, salads, fruits, shakes, juices or drinks. For others, varieties of meat and local cuisine are also recommended.
- Tap water is generally safe and potable throughout the continent. However, a bottle of mineral water will cost you the same as a bottle of coke ie. about $1.5.
- Meals in US typically cost about $10 – $15 if you choose a Mc Donald’s or similar fast food joints. This will buy you a burger, shake or drink.
- If you opt for a restaurant, an average meal consisting of soup, salad, light main course and a drink will cost you about $20 – $25.
- A variety of pastas and pizzas come inexpensive ($8 – $12). Pizzas are also served by slice, making it a good in between snack.
Check out from Hotel
- After checking out, please clear all personal/ extra bills, if any, at the Front Office.
- Porterage is not included at hotels and are not part of any itinerary/package
- You may have to pay for portage and the tips or any service charges as per local rules or customs at the destination
- The Hollywood inspired ‘Fascination Fun Ship’ is a modern & luxurious world-class fleet that takes you on your cruise to the Bahamas and other exciting destinations. With plenty of on board and on shore activities, this 5 star floating resort offers you quality service and loads of unimaginable carefree days. You can drink & dine at the restaurant of your choice, there’s on board entertainment, performances, fitness centres, a comprehensive computer learning centre, video games & recreation centre, shopping mall and much more.
- Super Star Virgo and Leo are both very modern & luxurious world-class fleets that offer you quality service at the most exotic parts of Asia.
Points to remember Boarding:
- You must check in at least 1hr/30 min prior to departure.
- Proper travel documentation is required: Valid Passports and relevant visas are mandatory.
- Liquor Policy: Guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages of any kind on board. You may purchase the same from any of the ship’s bars and lounges. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the ship’s gift shops or in foreign ports will be retained by cruise authority until the end of the voyage.
- Sail & Sign: You may charge most of your on-board purchases to your Sail & Sign account.
- Casual attire is the best option during the day.
- For special events like the evening Cocktail and other parties, please carry at least one set of formal attire.
- The dress code for other evenings ranges from sport coat and tie to casual resort wear.
Shopping & Punctuality:
- You are advised not to be lured or encouraged by anybody to shop at a particular place
- Please use your own judgement about price or quality before you buy anything
- Passengers will be responsible for any services missed out by them due to not following the stated time; this includes meals, transfers, sight seeing, flight, etc.
Posted: April 25, 2013 in Destinations, Shopping, Short Break, Travel Tips, Visa Requirements
Tags: Airline ticket, Baggage claim, Boarding pass, Embassy, Hand luggage, India, Passport, Travel
Cruising is holidaying in a different and thrilling way. The warmest months of the year are great for enjoying a longer cruise as the pleasant temperatures and longer time spent enjoying daylight mean that a longer route with plenty of stops along the way can be thoroughly enjoyed. There are varieties of things to do while on board, accommodation is more than convenient and opportunity to meet people and make new friends is one of the many advantages of cruising. Visiting and exploring different destinations on just one trip is nothing short of awesome. Aside from the various stopovers in different places, the excitement is the on-board facilities. Click here more
Posted: April 25, 2013 in Beach Holiday, Cruise Holiday, Summer Holiday
Tags: Caribbean, cruise, Cruise Critic, Cruise line, Cruise ship, Mediterranean Sea, Recreation, Travel
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Posted: April 18, 2013 in Tourism, Visa Requirements
Tags: Abroad, Africa, Australia, Embassies and Consulates, Government, Nigeria, United States, Visa
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Groups of people that travel together are bound to connect with people of creeds, colors and spheres of life different from theirs. Its a known fact that group travel addresses an individual’s social needs, since research has shown that those who travel regularly gain measurable health benefits. Traveling, in itself, makes you happier and healthier than those who don’t.
Being the most innovative travel and tour company in Nigeria, we present to you another first: TRAVEL GROUPS. We provide six travel groups that cuts across all ages, ranging from Children, University, Men, Ladies, Young Entreprenuer to Senior Citizen groups. This way, travelling has just gotten more better because you simply get to relax and catch the fun while everything is organized for you.
Posted: April 17, 2013 in Ladies Group, Travel Group
Tags: Africa, Nigeria, Recreation, Specialty Travel, Travel