Left Luggage in Railway Cloak Rooms Some Basics.

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We often get questions from new members about left luggage/luggage storage. One answer to their requirement is to use Railway Cloak Rooms. All major Railway Stations have these and, as long as you know how the system works, they are a cheap and reliable resource. According to the Indian Railways Rulebook the maximum period that you can leave luggage at a Cloak Room is one month. However some smaller Cloakrooms have notices stating that the maximum period is 7 days

While the Left Luggage facility is officially known as the Cloak Room you may see it signed as Clock Room.

The essentials –


(1) You must be in possession of a train ticket showing that you have either just arrived at your chosen station or that you will be departing from there within the next month.

(2) Your bags must be securely locked. This may require some ingenuity for rucsacs but can be done. If you cannot lock a side pocket make sure that it is empty.

(3) Don't keep any food in your checked in luggage. It attracts vermin

(4) When you check your luggage in have a look at the notice for Opening/Closing times. Most will have some closure period(s) which may affect when you need to pick up your bags.

(5) There is a fee per piece per day (or part day). You are given a ticket when you check your items in. You hand that in when you need to collect, the fee is calculated and you pay at collection.

Currently charges are -

For first 24 hrs. or part thereof Rs. 21- per package
For next 24 hrs. or part thereof Rs. 4/- per package
For each subsequent 24 hrs. or part thereof. Rs. 5/- per package,

(6) You need ID when you check your bags in. For foreign visitors the obvious ID is your passport. A couple of years ago there were reports that you also needed to hand in a photocopy of your ID but I haven't come across this personally.

A couple of tips -


It is perfectly possible to buy a cheap journey ticket that you have no intention of using in order to get access to a Cloak Room at a given station.

At first glance your rucsac may look like it is impossible to lock. A couple of sewn on loops, a short length of chain and a padlock can soon sort this.

If you have several lockable pockets on a pack it is worth spending a relatively small amount on a set of small padlocks that all work with the same key so you do not have to carry an enormous bunch of keys.

People often ask if Railway Cloak Rooms are secure. I have never had any problems nor any reason to think that my bags have been tampered with. I don't leave any valuables in checked luggage. They stay on my my person or in my day pack.

Locations


A comprehensive list of locations would be endless but here are some that I have used. If you don't know where to look at a particular station start at Platform 1. Please post below if you can add to this list or improve my post in any way.

Delhi – NDLS - Two locations Platform 1 and Platform 16
Delhi – DLI - At the west end of the main admin complex inside the station Platform ?
Delhi – NZM – Platform 7 . Upstairs near the end of the footbridge.

Ahmedabad - ADI - Platform 1

Bikaner -BKN - See Lbr102's post at #2

Chennai - MAS - On the main concourse behind the AC Waiting Room

Jaipur - JP - Platform 1

Madurai Junction - See http://www.indiamike.com/india/tamil...ation-t230617/ posted by Mungbean

Mumbai - CST - Main Concourse. Operates round the clock but is quite slow as all items have to be security scanned.

Thane - TNA - Platform 7 (7 day restriction here) . Thanks aarosh.

Varanasi - BSB - Platform 1


West Central Zone - There is a list of stations and facilities including Cloak Rooms on this link. Thank you VA http://www.wcr.indianrailways.gov.in...,2,393,405,407
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Great post. In case this is helpful for anyone, Bikaner also has a cloak room. I can confirm that Badami does not however. We just left our luggage in the back of a rickshaw while looking round the sites.
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Super post Dave. Countless times I've been reminded by mother before leaving home for a railway journey to have the bag lockable - just in case.

An extensive list of cloak rooms under the west central railway are seen in this table: http://www.wcr.indianrailways.gov.in...,2,393,405,407. Most of MP seems to be covered including Jabalpur.

Eastern, Southern and Northern railways website show no such lists.
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Mysore Junction - The Cloakroom is on Platform 1 towards the north end and just beyond the footbridge. It is open every day from 06.00. It closes at either 21.30 or 22.00 depending on which sign you believe.
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In Panvel the cloak room is in Platform No 5 (Platform 1-4 is for local trains) towards the end of the platform on your right once you enter the outstation platforms.
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some small stations don't have cloak rooms, but can store luggage in the ticket office and give you an official receipt.

This happened to me at Chitrakut Dham Karwi station in Madhya Pradesh, and I was told I could do the same at Pili Bangan station in Rajasthan.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post Currently charges are -

For first 24 hrs. or part thereof Rs. 21- per package
The charges should be Rs 15 per package for first 24 hrs.
(I always keep my luggage in cloak-rooms for a few hours, I pay Rs 15 per package)
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Left luggage doesn't mean an attendant is there always so some caution is advised..
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Originally Posted by edwardseco View Post Left luggage doesn't mean an attendant is there always so some caution is advised..
What do you suggest?
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An enigmatic statement.

Among the alternatives I could anticipate: I wouldn't leave any real valuables. But, then I wouldn't leave such with a hotel either (covering a couple of directions)..
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I was at Mumbai CST, used clock room service, Attendant was not professional. Saying everything to do in hurry. But I have to deposit my luggage there so I just tolerated him. There was two attendants one for long Journey, other may be for local ticket holders.
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In Neral there is a cloak room in platform 2. It is open from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.
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At Gondia (Station code G) the Cloak Room shares premises with the Parcel Office on Platform 1.
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Some notes after my last trip:

1. There is no luggage room in Karjat, Maharashtra
2. There is no luggage room at Bangalore Cantonment Railway Station
3. At the Pune train station you need your luggage not only securely locked, but it should be also checked by the policemen whose post is located at the central entrance to the platform 1. They put a seal paper on your lock after checking.
Past the point of no return...
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Clock room at Jaipur

Thanks a lot. very nice information shard by you. Can you please help me with the information about Jaipur cloakroom , for many days they allow to keep the luggage 1 month or 1 week ?

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