Left luggage facility at Old Delhi Station/junction?

#1 Aug 15th, 2008, 18:40
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Is there a left luggage facility at this station please, where I can leave my backpack for the day?

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Originally Posted by mandycc View Post Is there a left luggage facility at this station?
Yes, make sure all sections have a lock on them (or put all your things in sections that do have locks), and that you have a valid train ticket either to or from (old) Delhi station.

Cost is too small to remember.
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Thank you Steven, so it is lockers, rather than a manned room? Is it very secure?

And is it fairly easy to find once in the station?
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You'll want to look/ask for the "cloak room" as it's called (and if it's still called that way), and they used to be one (mostly) manned room yes (they'll likely be left locked whenever they're unmanned), unless lockers in India or some parts of it have been more recently introduced. They are/used to be typically situated on one of the platforms, probably one of those closest to the station, and normally signposted, or at least right on that spot.

It's as safe as you'd expect it to be, that is to say stuff anywhere in the world can no doubt happen, but there's no reason to assume they are unsafe. That rule about the need to have your pack locked is presumably to stop you from falsely claiming later anything was stolen from it, which probably gives a good indication of how safe it is (i.e., taking anything from it is probably the last thing on the personnel's mind). Moreover, they have probably thousands of packs to deal with, yours won't stick out. Keeping your valuables and essentials on you is never a bad idea, even in international air travel and the likes. But I have no bad experiences with these Indian storage facilities, no.

I'm sure the odd pack may go missing, as I'm sure they do in Western-type (and unguarded!) lockers.
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Thank you.
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I used the cloak rooms in train stations in India a lot. They are a great resource, very handy. As soon as I got to a new town, I'd leave my bag, go find where I wanted to stay and then come back for it. It takes a huge burden off (literally) when wandering around.

And I never once had anything taken from my bag. I put a lock on it because it needed one, but, to be honest, if I'd lost the key, it could have been opened in about 10 seconds. The staff couldn't have been less interested in the contents of my bag.

And as Steven said, the cost is next to nothing. But I think the longest you can leave anything for is 28 days, or a month.
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Hello PD and welcome to indiamike.com

The large stations all have cloak rooms, but I went to the monkey station (Chitrakoot) and there wasn't a cloak room, so they said I could leave my pack in the ticket office, they give me a receipt, and all was fine when I picked it up later.
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Yup, agreed; for lack of a cloak room at smaller stations, I'd normally speak to the station master (approach with respect and patience & in his own good time, please. You don't need to grovel but for best results he's hardly your servant either) or some other personnel I think, and there's usually a way, as in keeping your stuff in their office indeed. As so often in India, one often gets the distinct impression they make it a point of pride to look after you and your belongings too.
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Thanks for the Welcome Steven. I'm a long time listener, first time caller.


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So that's how you do it. Sorry again,
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