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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. Louise Barker's avatar Louise Barker

      What an absolutely amazing prize. If I won I would most definitely bring my mum, it has been her dream to see India ever since she was little.

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 21:04 Under review
    2. Enid France's avatar Enid France

      If I win, I will take a friend and we represent two different cultures and different generations. We will return home with vastly different images and perceptions. She will enjoy sharing this exhilerating experience with her family and friends. I, too, want to share this new experience with my family and friends. Sincerely, Enid France Hope we get the ancilliary bonus before we leave so we can imbue ourselves with the cultural and religious treasures that India affords.

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 18:58 Under review
    3. joanne seagraves's avatar joanne seagraves

      No adjectives are able to express the ultimate exquisite joy I would feel as a human being if I were lucky enough to win this trip. An abundance of life-changing experiences and humbleness.

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:01 Under review
    4. Helen Newman's avatar Helen Newman

      A kaleidoscope of vibrant colours, chaos, joie de vivre, timeless traditions and endless hopefulness. What an amazing country is India

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 07:26 Under review
    5. Fiona mcmillan's avatar Fiona mcmillan

      This competition has made me think about my two holidays to India, and it's all come flooding back. I got engaged in Rajasthan 13 years ago and this has been a wonderful reminder of the most amazing, as well as the oft-forgotten, bits of that trip. Life is so mundane in the UK in comparison!

      Posted Fri, 24 Feb 2012 03:20 Under review
    6. Kathleen Duncan's avatar Kathleen Duncan

      This is amazing! I'd love to go to India. Its always been somewhere I've dreamed of visiting and photographing.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 20:30 Under review
    7. Gail Clenton's avatar Gail Clenton

      India is full of surprises it never how you imagine it, its totally another culture. Fully of weird and wonderfully surrounding all my finger are crossed to win the Prize..

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:15 Under review
    8. Derek Trow's avatar Derek Trow

      What a superb prize I am a volunteer guide at a nation trust property. Occasionally I get to be the room guide in the Clive of India museum and get to tell visiters about the marvelous artifacts within the museum. it would be a unforgetable dream come true to go and learn more about India. Thanks to the Book Depositry for the chance of winning this prize as they say if you aint in it you cant win it

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:27 Under review
    9. Debbie Howse's avatar Debbie Howse

      India has always been known for its exotic culture and tradition, would be in ore an absolutely beautiful dream come true.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:46 Under review
    10. Cheryl Tan's avatar Cheryl Tan

      Travelled in India in 1972 and celebrated 1st anniversary in Amritsar. Vowed to go back for our 50th anniversary, that's another 9 years away and hope we will still be around to make the trip. This holiday would be awesome to revisit and see the changes.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:20 Under review
    11. Joan Ayling's avatar Joan Ayling

      A country of paradoxes encompassing grandeur and squalor yet vibrant and teeming with life..My daughter fell in love with India and the generosity of the locals.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:07 Under review

      A place I want to visit before I die.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:55 Under review
    13. Cam Ford's avatar Cam Ford

      I visited India almost 50 years ago, and have always remembered the experience vividly. I would now like to take my wife to experience the astonishing colours and variety that India has to offer

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:58 Under review
    14. Ms Janice Holland's avatar Ms Janice Holland

      Trip of a lifetime and definitely on my bucket list of places to visit in this lifetime.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:52 Under review
    15. Richard Walter's avatar Richard Walter

      India, 40 years on, the holiday I still talk about.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:33 Under review
    16. Debra Saba's avatar Debra Saba

      Winning this Indian holiday would be awESOME!!!! as it combines Lonely Planet and Intrepet Travel the leaders in travel information and adventure holidays.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:08 Under review
    17. Helen Flynn's avatar Helen Flynn

      have been to india before. still ranks as my favourite holiday and country i have ever been too. went with my fella and my daughter when she was 4 and it still is her favourite holiday she has ever been on, (she is now 20 and has been many places). My man has been all over India, 3 times, but we were in Mumbai, Diu, Rajastan and Utter Pradesh. Would be the trip of our lives to revisit his old haunts and a dream for me to see other parts. The Indians are by far the most welcoming and energetic people. I would be honoured to be in their company in their country again. I hope we win, but whoever does relish every moment, the moments spent in India will be forever imprinted on your heart and soul. xxx

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:49 Under review
    18. Anita's avatar Anita

      It is many things to many people but I feel it is a saturation of your senses and has to be experienced!!

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:49 Under review
    19. Tracey Perry's avatar Tracey Perry

      This is the most incredible competition, it would be amazing to experience the culture of India on a trip like this.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:11 Under review
    20. Wendy SEKULOFF's avatar Wendy SEKULOFF

      Three of my favorite novels are Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts), Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda) & Holy Cow (Sarah McDonald). So I have been on mind-journeys to India. To go for real is on my bucket-list!

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:51 Under review
    21. Joanna Hoskins's avatar Joanna Hoskins

      Backpacked through India for 3 months 20 years ago with my boyfriend (now husband). We have never forgotten it. Really want to go back. India snuck into my soul, never to leave.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:48 Under review
    22. Annette Partridge's avatar Annette Partridge

      This would be an eye opening cultural, religious and culinary experience to never be forgotten

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:42 Under review
    23. rosalind williams's avatar rosalind williams

      My daughter is presently in India having travelled around for 2 months and attended a conference for Global Studio as part of her Architecture degree. I have been following her journey, making train,bus and accommodation bookings for her. I know more about india than ever and have been fascinated with the vastly different terrain, people, and life. Now that she has accomplished this endeavour I long to do it myself. Have travelled quite extensively in Africa but thought I didn't have the courage for India. I'm convinced I could do it now.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:35 Under review
    24. cheryl cronk's avatar cheryl cronk

      Have a friend from there and he raves about it

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:33 Under review
    25. Leonard Esakowitz's avatar Leonard Esakowitz

      Tempting, tantalising, tasty, tormenting and hope to visit for the 1st time soon!

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:17 Under review

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