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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.

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      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.

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      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. Jasmina's avatar Jasmina

      A number of years back, I went to India - spent all my time in andra padresh, working on a volunteer project. i completely fell in love with the country, I wanted to stay there forever. I was 22 at the time and although I had travelled to many countries across the planet before and since, India had the deepest impact on my life. My husband and I travel a lot, but he has never been to India, I talk about it so often and would love to take him there and experience the country together.

      Posted Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:10 Under review
    2. Ms Kali Godbee's avatar Ms Kali Godbee

      Destiny calls - I saw this competition as I was logging on to buy a travel guide for India, so I can dream of being there for Diwali this year... Fingers crossed!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 23:00 Under review
    3. Jill Rumble's avatar Jill Rumble

      I would love to go to India and experience their culture and history. Thanks for the opportunity JillR

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:53 Under review
    4. Clare Egan's avatar Clare Egan

      I was meant to go to India over the last Aussie summer before I started full time work and was still a directionless uni student, but I didn't have enough money, so this would be perfect!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:22 Under review
    5. Louise Coster's avatar Louise Coster

      went to Delhi & Agra last year on the way to Nepal - only a quick visit - pleasantly suprised -what we saw was fantastic & would like to explore more.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 22:13 Under review
    6. Noreen  Hatfield's avatar Noreen Hatfield

      What a great competion. Never been out of Australia. This would be a good way to start.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:36 Under review
    7. Rachael McGhee's avatar Rachael McGhee

      Would love to win, never been to India.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:34 Under review
    8. Maria Helga Melgar's avatar Maria Helga Melgar

      There is nothing I would love more than experiencing India after encounters with great writers as Arundhati Roy, its beautiful women, Gandhi, its films, its dance, its food...such rich tapestry!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:08 Under review
    9. Marjie James's avatar Marjie James

      Have thought on and off about India over the years. Actually watched an episode of Top Gear the other night and they were in India. The roads look like an experience you'd only want once in a life time, but there is so much beauty too. Would be good to experience it for yourself.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:47 Under review
    10. Margaret Hole's avatar Margaret Hole

      I would love to win and take a friend who has been dreaming about visiting India for a long time. Who ever wins will have a fascinating trip

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:25 Under review
    11. Jenny BomBerry's avatar Jenny BomBerry

      A friend of mine came from there...loved her ability to tie on a sari like we put on our shirts! So easy...miss her...haven't heard from her in 40 yrs!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:34 Under review
    12. geoffrey's avatar geoffrey

      Love to visit.Never been

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:17 Under review
    13. michael kurek's avatar michael kurek

      My ancient sensing parts just got turned on!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:31 Under review
    14.'s avatar

      India, a collage of all life.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:06 Under review
    15. Ted Smith's avatar Ted Smith

      What a fantastic idea! Just an amazing opportunity that couldn't be more fun to participate in!!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:38 Under review
    16. Dolf Patijn's avatar Dolf Patijn

      Couldn't win an argument but maybe I win this competition. :) The best of luck to everyone.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:29 Under review
    17. ziva ellis's avatar ziva ellis

      wow the perfect holiday. I had plans to travel india but got pregnant. I wouldn't trade my boy for anything but would leave him with my mother for 2 weeks! brain cogs are searching for those words, great idea for a competition.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:58 Under review
    18. Pamela Saley's avatar Pamela Saley

      What a clever contest! I love that your contests make us think! Great idea! My niece was adopted from India- I'd love to see her birthland.

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:43 Under review
    19. Han de Roos's avatar Han de Roos

      Never been ther, but my brother has already been there several times and has made me want to go visit as well. The trip sounds great as a first experience

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:39 Under review
    20. Angela Branyon's avatar Angela Branyon

      I have been enthralled by the articles and books I have read about India and set in India. I have often dreamed of getting there and seeing the Ganges River and traveling all over the country. Hope I get a chance to do just that!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:38 Under review
    21. Sylvia Wainwright's avatar Sylvia Wainwright

      I was born in India and spent my formative years there. So it holds lots of memories. Have returned twice before but there will always be much more to see. I would love to see the tigers as this is my favourite big cat. India is a beautiful country with beautiful polite people. A country that leaves it's mark in your heart forever. Look beyond the noise & dirt and you will look into the heart of what is India!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:16 Under review
    22. Ammy's avatar Ammy

      Nice, short and simple contest for an equally nice and straightforward prize! Bravo!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:11
    23. Ann Meates's avatar Ann Meates

      Sent my entry from India. My husband and I are here for three months but will see only a small part of this wonderful country. This is my second trip and his fifth. No, I'm not being greedy, just want to see more

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:04 Under review
    24. Maria Lowry's avatar Maria Lowry

      A trip of a lifetime

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:52 Under review
    25. Alessandro Garda's avatar Alessandro Garda

      No matter if I will win or not.. I thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to live such a wonderful experience!!

      Posted Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:21 Under review

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