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    Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:15

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    blog imageWell, have we got a competition for you! Thanks to Lonely Planet and Intrepid Travel we've got the trip of a lifetime for one lucky person and their guest to win.

    The Trip

    The prize is a two week Intrepid adventure in India for two people. You and a friend will join locals on their trains, in their villages and even in their homes on this journey through the heart of Rajasthan. Immerse your senses in the exotic spice bazaars of Old Delhi, catch a Bollywood blockbuster in Jaipur, go in search of the elusive Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore and fall in love with the opulent temples and palaces of this colourful Indian province. Details can be found on our special India page and Intrepid's website.

    To Win

    We'd like you to break out your thesauri and find the five most descriptive words you can think of to describe India. The winner will be the most evocative descriptions as chosen by our independent judge.

    Runners up

    It's a massive prize to miss out on but 10 runners up will each receive a fantastic Lonely Planet India guide.

    To Enter

    Just enter your five words in the boxes below!

    Competition closes at midnight GMT on 15 March 2012.

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    Update: And here they are, the five winning words and what our independent judge had to say:

    Flamboyant Resplendant Majestic Absurd Intense

    Enjoyed having a look over the entries and some good stuff in there - some folk clearly been trawling their thesaurus as well - and the ultimate winner would probably have been a combination of a couple of entries! Couple of favourites though and really liked the list of colours to capture India by, but I'm going to plump for number 9, Carol Edelberg and say that this summed up India most completely.

    Competition now closed

    Posted by Adam Adam

    Categories: prize, competition, lonely planet, India, Intrepid Travel

    Win a trip to India

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    1. Win a Trip for Two to India

      Official Rules


      Entrants are not required to be customers of The Book Depository Limited ("The Book Depository") to enter. No purchase is necessary. The prize-competition is open to residents of all countries to which The Book Depository delivers. Employees of Intrepid Guerba Ltd, Lonely Planet Publications Limited and The Book Depository and other representatives of their affiliates, and advisors and their immediate family members are ineligible to enter. Entry implies acceptance of the rules. The Book Depository can only accept those entries that are completed and submitted in the format designated on its competition page. Entrants must be 18 years or over.

      You must promptly notify The Book Depository if you become aware of a potential breach of security, such as unauthorised disclosure or use of your password, username, or e-mail address. The Book Depository reserves the right to disqualify any entry from the competition if, in its sole judgment, the entrant has not complied with these Official Rules.


      Main Prize

      There will be one winner of the main prize provided by Intrepid Guerba Ltd (“Intrepid”) comprising of a place for two people on Intrepid’s “Classic Rajasthan” trip (the "Prize"). The trip involves 14 nights accommodation based on two sharing a room (including one night on a sleeper train and one night in a deluxe permanent tent) and all activities and transport as outlined in the Intrepid Travel trip notes which can be found at The Prize also includes two economy class return air tickets (up to a maximum value of £1,000 per person), for the winner and his/her guest, from the nearest international airport to the winner that services flights to Indira Gandhi Airport new Delhi provided by Lonely Planet Publications Limited (“Lonely Planet”). The approximate maximum value of the Prize is £3500.

      Conditions and winner responsibilities

      The winner and guest will be responsible for all expenses incurred in connection with this trip that are not stated as being included in the trip details (available at Examples of additional expenses include, but are not limited to, travel to and from your point of departure to the airport, any difference between the £1000 contribution per return flight payable by Lonely Planet and the actual cost of the flights, tips, personal spending money and all meals besides the three breakfasts and two dinners included. A budget of $300 (approximately £190) for meals is suggested.

      The winner and guest must be holders of valid passports and are responsible for making visa arrangements for travel to and from India. They are also strongly advised to take out adequate insurance and to obtain health advice. The winner and guest must sign the standard Intrepid booking form and abide by Intrepid’s conditions and those of the relevant airline. Booking forms will be provided by Intrepid at the time the Prize is awarded to the winner.

      The winner will work with Lonely Planet and Intrepid to coordinate bookings for the Prize. The winner must give both Lonely Planet and Intrepid a minimum of three months advance written notice before taking the Prize to allow them to arrange and book the flights and trip. The Prize is subject to availability at the time of booking, and any exclusion periods set by Lonely Planet and Intrepid which will be notified to the winner at the time of awarding the Prize. The winner must book the flights no later than 1 July 2012 and the date of the return flight must be no later than 31 March 2013. Failure to meet these time limits will result in loss of entitlement to the Prize and in such circumstance the Prize will be forfeited.

      The winner's guest will have no vested interest in the Prize, and his/her eligibility to participate in the trip is conditional upon the winner's acceptance and participation in the trip. The winner’s guest must be over 18 years old and may be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility Release and Liability Waiver before the Prize is released.

      Runner-up Prizes

      There will be ten runners-up who will each win a copy of the 14th edition of Lonely Planet’s India book (in physical, not electronic, form) (“Runner-up Prizes”). The approximate retail value of the Runner-up Prizes is £209.90.

      Competition Period

      The competition will commence at 00:01 GMT on 15 February 2012 and close at 23:59 GMT on 15 March 2012 (the "Competition Period").


      To enter the competition the entrant must answer the question above and submit their answer, along with their name and email address, to us by completing the form above within the Competition Period. All entries are deemed to be entered into the competition on the day of receipt by The Book Depository. Send queries to: In the event of any dispute, all submitted electronic entries would be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the e-mail account from which they were sent. All entries, and materials submitted to The Book Depository in connection with the competition (collectively, "Entry Materials"), along with all associated copyright and other proprietary rights, become the property of The Book Depository upon submission, and Entry Materials will not be returned to any entrant. Entrants agree to take any further action (including, without limitation, execution of affidavits and other documents) reasonably requested by The Book Depository to effect, perfect, or confirm The Book Depository's ownership in the Entry Materials and any associated proprietary rights.

      Duplicate entries, copies and other mechanical reproduction of entries are not permitted. Proof of electronic submission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. The Book Depository may immediately terminate any account that it determines, in its sole discretion is transmitting or is otherwise connected with any "spam" or other unsolicited bulk e-mail. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entries that are completed or entered by means not in compliance with these rules will be disqualified and the entrant will not be eligible for future participation in competitions at The Book Depository.
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      Winner Selection

      The winners will be chosen in accordance with the competition instructions and the exercise of their residual discretion by a panel of judges, at least one of whom will be independent of TBD, Lonely Planet and Intrepid. The Prize will be awarded to the entry that the judges consider to be the best. There will be ten runners-up each of whom will receive a Runner-up Prize. The identity of all of the judges may be requested by sending an email to

      The winner of the Prize and the Runner-up Prizes will be notified by e-mail within five days of being selected. The winner of the Prize will be asked to confirm their identity and compliance with the Official Rules. By entering the competition you consent to The Book Depository passing on your details to Lonely Planet and Intrepid for the purpose of contacting you directly in the event you're a winner and acknowledge that your personal data might be transferred outside of the European Union. Both Lonely Planet and Intrepid take the privacy and security of personal information seriously. Details of their privacy policies can be found at:; and

      The Prize winner and the Runner-up Prize winners will have 5 (five) days from notification to respond to The Book Depository. If a selected winner or substitute winner is unreachable or ineligible, or fails to claim the prize within two weeks of the original notification of his/her success, the winner or substitute winner will forfeit his or her prize and it will be awarded to the next best entry. Prizes are not transferable, and no substitutions (including cash) will be given. The Prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or special offers. Lonely Planet and Intrepid will do their best to provide the Prize and the Runner-up Prize as described. However, they may substitute a prize for one of equal or greater value in their discretion. Any unclaimed or forfeited prizes remain the property of Intrepid and Lonely Planet as applicable. This process is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Non-winners will not be notified.

      The name of the winners and their county of residence will be provided on receipt of a written request sent to

      General Release

      By entering the competition you release The Book Depository, Lonely Planet, Intrepid, relevant third parties and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, and agencies from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Competition, or with the acceptance, possession, or use of any prize including the Prize, except as prohibited by law.


      By accepting any prize, entrants consent to the use of their name, address, likeness, and/or prize information for promotional and other purposes without further payment, except where prohibited by law. The winner may be required to participate in The Book Depository's, Lonely Planet’s and Intrepid’s marketing and promotional activities in connection with the competition. By entering into this competition you consent to participate in The Book Depository's, Lonely Planet’s and Intrepid’s marketing and promotional activities.


      The promoter of the competition is The Book Depository, "Win a holiday for two to India promotion", Royal Albert House, Sheet Street, Windsor, SL4 1BE. Lonely Planet Publications Limited of Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ, United Kingdom and Intrepid Guerba Ltd of Wessex House, 40 Station Rd, Westbury, Wilts BA13 3JN are the promotional partners.

      The competition and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2012 by The Book Depository Limited and its affiliates. All rights reserved. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of The Book Depository, which are final and binding in all respects. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, The Book Depository reserves the right to change these rules or cancel the competition at any time, in its sole discretion. Entrants who breach these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the competition, or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to The Book Depository, the competition, or any other entrant (in each case, as determined in The Book Depository's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the competition. These Official Rules are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

      Itinerary for the Prize (Classic Rajasthan Trip provided by Intrepid)

      Days 1-2 Delhi - Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid. Join the crowds to explore the bazaars.
      Day 3 Agra - Travel by train to the Mughal city of Agra. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal.
      Day 4 Rural Heritage Stay - Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet villagers and chat with traditional craftspeople for a unique insight into local life.
      Days 5-6 Jaipur - Visit the Amber Fort en route to Jaipur, Rajasthan's 'Pink City'. See a Bollywood film.
      Day 7 Ranthambhore National Park - Safari into the heart of the Indian bush to discover lakes and ruined palaces.
      Day 8 Bundi - Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town's Brahmin-blue rooftops
      Days 9-10 Rural Heritage Stay - Experience the best of both worlds in Bijaipur. Camp lakeside under the stars, then spend the next night in the luxurious Castle Bijaipur.
      Days 11-12 Udaipur - Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
      Days 13-14 Pushkar -With India's only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes.
      Day 15 Delhi.


    1. Simone Loukota's avatar Simone Loukota

      I can't even describe how much I would love to win this amazing trip. Congratulations to whoever wins! :D

      Posted Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:37 Under review
    2. Yousef's avatar Yousef

      I will win the trip INSHA ALLAH

      Posted Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:13 Under review
    3. Nicole Lancaster's avatar Nicole Lancaster

      In dee ya!

      Posted Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:02 Under review
    4. deborah's avatar deborah

      ... good luck me!

      Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:12 Under review
    5. Sandra Bell's avatar Sandra Bell

      Dreams can come true

      Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:53 Under review
    6. Jaime Mackenzie's avatar Jaime Mackenzie

      see you in india folks!

      Posted Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:15 Under review
    7. Anne Murphy's avatar Anne Murphy

      Would absolutely LOVE to go to India!

      Posted Tue, 28 Feb 2012 18:30 Under review
    8. Jann Hayman's avatar Jann Hayman

      Oh! if only.......I have even dreamt of being in India! Whoever wins will be over the moon!

      Posted Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:29 Under review
    9. Colin K Mullin's avatar Colin K Mullin

      For an Aussie who's never left these shores - what a grand way to get started! Biggest adventure in my 60 odd years was to try Indian food; Now we're both totally hooked. Even if I don't win reckon I'll still go there and gorge myself stupid!!!

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:58 Under review
    10. Ian Faulkner's avatar Ian Faulkner

      Having been born in Hyderabad India and left when I was 3 years old, I'd love to go back for the first time and see where my roots began.

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 07:51 Under review
    11. Kathryn Elizabeth Schlesman's avatar Kathryn Elizabeth Schlesman

      Mystery, drama, beauty, the food, the fabrics... and my doctor said I am allowed to travel again!

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:27 Under review
    12. SC Ferrell's avatar SC Ferrell

      Opportunity for unequaled spiritual growth and human experiance. To be uplifted and enlightened, and retain an inner 'peace', to bring back and share with who would wish to partake of it...

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:17 Under review
    13. SC Ferrell's avatar SC Ferrell

      Opportunity for unequaled spiritual growth and human . To be uplifted and enlightened, and retain an inner 'peace', to bring back and share with all that would seek to partake of it...

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:10 Under review
    14. Theresa Lewis's avatar Theresa Lewis

      Should have been in India now, but sadly lost my beautiful 8 month old granddaughter. Both are ingrained in my soul for their beauty and courage to smile against all odds. Am hoping my luck will change - namaste'.

      Posted Mon, 27 Feb 2012 02:15 Under review
    15. Kevin Glanville's avatar Kevin Glanville

      What a prize. What an opportunity. Never been. Love to go. Here's hoping. But good luck to all and congratulations and bon voyage to whomever is successful.

      Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:39 Under review
    16. paula barham's avatar paula barham

      Thank you for the opportunity. It would be a dream come true to visit India and explore this wonderful nation. Regards Paula Barham

      Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:26 Under review
    17. Lynette Gardener's avatar Lynette Gardener

      An amazing oportunity to immerse ourselves in another culture we know little about, good fortune to all who enter

      Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:48 Under review
    18. Christine Leyshan's avatar Christine Leyshan

      I wonder what it would be like to visit India whose population is 53 times the size of ours (Australia)? Mind boggling!

      Posted Sun, 26 Feb 2012 02:57 Under review
    19. Rebecca Moore's avatar Rebecca Moore

      I would love to win this!! Congratulations to whomever wins! :)

      Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 16:55 Under review
    20. Mike Nelson's avatar Mike Nelson

      What a fantastic prize to win. My wife spent her childhood in India and has always wished to return. To go to India has also been on my wish list. We eat curries at least once a week.

      Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:03 Under review
    21. Patricia Cullum's avatar Patricia Cullum

      Time to find that spiritual awareness that underlies our lifes mission. Could this be the opportunity to take one step closer to enlightenment? Hoping so.

      Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 03:16 Under review
    22. Lisa Rivas's avatar Lisa Rivas

      What an amazing opportunity! Thank You :-)

      Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 02:27 Under review
    23. Elspeth Durrand's avatar Elspeth Durrand

      There's so many words to describe India, But I had to pick just five. A vibrant and colourful country that brings my senses alive! So I found words with the five letters I - N - D - I - A The place where you find something different to do every single day.

      Posted Sat, 25 Feb 2012 01:11 Under review
    24. Carolyn Cutjar's avatar Carolyn Cutjar

      Wow. I've longed to visit India for the last twenty years or so. Maybe, it will happen, 'you'll got to be in it, to win it'!

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:35 Under review
    25. Nadya Terechov's avatar Nadya Terechov

      I wish I won,so my spouse and I could have a romantic getaway at the land of our dreams...Indian food we like very much:)

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:54 Under review

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