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Planetarium draws huge crowds during summer vacation

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GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - July has been the busiest month so far this year for the Guwahati Planetarium, which drew in huge crowds, mostly school students and their parents, due to the summer vacation, officials said.

Bipul Bora, curator of the Guwahati Planetarium, said that summer vacation in schools always draws huge number of visitors.

The huge number of visitors is also due to the price of the tickets, Rs 30 per head, which is quite affordable for the masses. �Because of the summer vacation, our planetarium was quite full for a month,� Bora said.

For better understanding, the shows are played in two languages � Assamese and English � at different times. The show, produced in France, is being played for the audience since January 2011.

A woman visitor, who was with her child, said that her son thoroughly enjoyed the show. She said the planetarium was an immense source of knowledge because of which it draws children in large numbers.

Another visitor said that they bring their children at least once a month for educational purposes �The show is very enthralling and my children never get bored. They love visiting the planetarium and we do not need to force them.�

Some parents said that they have also suggested their relatives to visit the planetarium with their children as the scientific things discussed there was �very informative for both parents and children�. �This is a better solution to keep children away from being too attracted to mobile phones all day during the holidays,� a woman parent said.

Meanwhile, the food stalls outside the planetarium also had a great time in July, according to an ice-cream seller. �I come here every day in July as this is the only month we earn huge profit. It is difficult when schools reopen after the vacation.�

The huge rush at the planetarium can be clearly seen from outside. �I have come here with my nephew and have been waiting in queue for an hour. I didn�t get tickets for a show and now I have to wait till this show ends for the next one,� a man said.

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Planetarium draws huge crowds during summer vacation

GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - July has been the busiest month so far this year for the Guwahati Planetarium, which drew in huge crowds, mostly school students and their parents, due to the summer vacation, officials said.

Bipul Bora, curator of the Guwahati Planetarium, said that summer vacation in schools always draws huge number of visitors.

The huge number of visitors is also due to the price of the tickets, Rs 30 per head, which is quite affordable for the masses. �Because of the summer vacation, our planetarium was quite full for a month,� Bora said.

For better understanding, the shows are played in two languages � Assamese and English � at different times. The show, produced in France, is being played for the audience since January 2011.

A woman visitor, who was with her child, said that her son thoroughly enjoyed the show. She said the planetarium was an immense source of knowledge because of which it draws children in large numbers.

Another visitor said that they bring their children at least once a month for educational purposes �The show is very enthralling and my children never get bored. They love visiting the planetarium and we do not need to force them.�

Some parents said that they have also suggested their relatives to visit the planetarium with their children as the scientific things discussed there was �very informative for both parents and children�. �This is a better solution to keep children away from being too attracted to mobile phones all day during the holidays,� a woman parent said.

Meanwhile, the food stalls outside the planetarium also had a great time in July, according to an ice-cream seller. �I come here every day in July as this is the only month we earn huge profit. It is difficult when schools reopen after the vacation.�

The huge rush at the planetarium can be clearly seen from outside. �I have come here with my nephew and have been waiting in queue for an hour. I didn�t get tickets for a show and now I have to wait till this show ends for the next one,� a man said.