Shipping some possessions Bangalore to Delhi

#1 Nov 10th, 2012, 11:04
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hi all,

So my new job is definite and I'm shifting from Bangalore to Delhi in January.

I will be heading home to the UK for a month with a suitcase or two, and will probably be selling off many items I've collected in Blore, but I will want to ship some things - stereo and speakers, maybe some kitchen stuff, etc - up to Delhi. I would probably have 3 or 4 boxes.

There was a brief comment on another thread about shipping boxes on the train:
Pack them well and book them on a train. It's the most economical and reliable method.

How does this work? Do you do it at the post office, or at the train station?

Do you need to have someone there to collect the stuff, or do they deliver it?

How likely is it that things might get broken or stolen? Are they insured?

Thanks!
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That refers to luggage you carry when you board a train, i.e. extra suitcases or crates that won't fit under your berth. You can book them into the brake van of the train. Yes, it's pretty cheap. When I came from Calcutta to Delhi c. seven years ago, I think I paid Rs.3.50 per kg.

Since you are also travelling with the luggage, you put the crates into the train and take them out yourself, or hire help to do it, and then you take them home with you.

I think it's safe to assume that any breakables will be broken and anything within hands' reach will be stolen, so it would be advisable to use good padding and sealed crates. I wouldn't bother to pursue insurance claims or file reports for stolen items.

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Originally Posted by mungbean View Post hi all,

So my new job is definite and I'm shifting from Bangalore to Delhi in January.

I will be heading home to the UK for a month with a suitcase or two, and will probably be selling off many items I've collected in Blore, but I will want to ship some things - stereo and speakers, maybe some kitchen stuff, etc - up to Delhi. I would probably have 3 or 4 boxes.

There was a brief comment on another thread about shipping boxes on the train:
Pack them well and book them on a train. It's the most economical and reliable method.

How does this work? Do you do it at the post office, or at the train station?

Do you need to have someone there to collect the stuff, or do they deliver it?

How likely is it that things might get broken or stolen? Are they insured?

Thanks!
#3 Nov 10th, 2012, 12:02
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Originally Posted by Matka View Post That refers to luggage you carry when you board a train, i.e. extra suitcases or crates that won't fit under your berth. You can book them into the brake van of the train.
Ah, right.

And what about shipping stuff independently without sitting on a train with it for 35 hours?

Is the post office the only option? Is there any way of sending stuff so you can track it and get someone to sign for the delivery at the other end, short of using DHL or similar?

Update: I just had a look at the BlueDart/DHL site, and Rs 210 for a 10kg box sent "Surface Line" from Bangalore to Delhi sounds very reasonable. I had no idea they would be so cheap, so I will probably go for that unless there's a good reason not to...
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Are you sure? Bluedart/DHL charges that amount for an Envelope. Probably is the rate per KG, not for 10 KG.
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I do not think it is necessary for you to travel in the train along with your luggage. You can complete the formalities and load the luggage in the train. Then reach however you want and collect the luggage from the railway station when the train arrives.

I hope you have read http://www.indianrail.gov.in/luggage_Rule.html. Also read http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/rai...alCh8_data.htm
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Originally Posted by mungbean View Post Ah, right.

Update: I just had a look at the BlueDart/DHL site, and Rs 210 for a 10kg box sent "Surface Line" from Bangalore to Delhi sounds very reasonable. I had no idea they would be so cheap, so I will probably go for that unless there's a good reason not to...
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Are you sure? Bluedart/DHL charges that amount for an Envelope. Probably is the rate per KG, not for 10 KG.
The expensives rates are for air delivery which we usually use for documents - its delivered the next day in a metro or at least within 2-3 days anywhere else.

The lower rates are for ground shipping - rail or road. If quick delivery is not that important then its a very good option. Blr to delhi - surface line- will take around 7-10 days.
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If the total is a few kgs and mostly breakable stuff, you'd be better off doing this:

a) Take the stereo along with you in the aircraft on BLR-Del sector. Get it marked as fragile.
b) Registered post parcel the kitchen stuff. It's cheap (I shipped a wooden statue from Jagdalpur to Delhi in december 2011 and it arrived safely for Rs 200 for an 8-10 kg weight).

I overall wouldnt take the risk unless you're shipping something large like furniture that cant be transported in any other way than a railway parcel.

I like nayan's suggestion on ground shipping as well - I just havent used a courier service to do this but should be a good substitute for the parcel-worthy stuff.

x-posted with nayan.
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I have couriered books(3-4 big suitcases full) by surface line courier from Mumbai to kolkata. It 7-8 years back. It cost around Rs 600 at that time.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post The expensives rates are for air delivery which we usually use for documents - its delivered the next day in a metro or at least within 2-3 days anywhere else.

The lower rates are for ground shipping - rail or road. If quick delivery is not that important then its a very good option. Blr to delhi - surface line- will take around 7-10 days.
Of course I know that documents get delivered next day and are sent by air.
Just that the amount of 210 INR looks too small for 10KG of stuff for the distance involved.

Just checked their site. It indeed shows the same amount.

"All rates are exclusive of the applicable Fuel Surcharge, Service Tax and Educational Cess and charges for value added features"
#10 Nov 11th, 2012, 11:41
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post you'd be better off doing this:

a) Take the stereo along with you in the aircraft on BLR-Del sector. Get it marked as fragile.
The thing is that I'm not actually planning to travel BLR-DEL myself.

I'm going to be going BLR-UK, staying for 3-4 weeks, getting new employment visa, then flying UK-DEL. So I want to ship stuff to some address in Delhi when I leave Bangalore.

The stereo is actually just an amp and speakers, so not it's not too fragile and I have all the original packaging.

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b) Registered post parcel the kitchen stuff. It's cheap (I shipped a wooden statue from Jagdalpur to Delhi in december 2011 and it arrived safely for Rs 200 for an 8-10 kg weight).
Sounds like it might be an option.

Thanks for all the viewpoints!

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