Luggage Storage Facility at New Delhi Railway Station

Cloak Room at New Delhi Railway Station

We arrived at New Delhi Railway Station via train. After a few hours, another train for the next journey, and in-between hours we wanted to visit Janpath behind the LIC building, Connaught Place for shopping. Janpath is my favorite since childhood because of cheap shirts and t-shirts. But where to deposit luggage?

And then a thought why not deposit luggage at Cloak Room?

Mostly Cloak Room is situated on platform No. 1. We have to walk a little to reach almost the end of platform no. 1 (towards Desh Bandhu Gupta bridge) to find the Cloak Room and a long queue. I saw travelers filling up a form. I too found it at the entrance of the Cloak Room. It is known as Cloak Room Requisition Slip. Details (ticket number the most important one) were filled up and in a queue. Very soon maybe within 10 minutes, I was inside the room. They checked the slip, luggage, locks, and mentioned details in their register. I walk inside to place the luggage on one of the shelves.

Note: They don’t take luggage without locks.

For the first 24 hours, they charge – Rs. 15 per package.

Second 24-hour Rs. 15 + 20 i.e., Rs. 35 per package.

And all added 24 hours – Rs. 35 + 20 i.e., Rs. 55 per package.

As we have to deposit luggage in less than 24 hours we paid Rs. 30 for two packages.

In short, what I want to say is: This is an excellent facility at the New Delhi Railway Station, and when I returned the luggage was safe. I was happy. It was time to catch another train. Thank you, Indian Railways.

Note: Cloak Room facility is also available at platform no. 16 (Ajmeri Gate side).

About: New Delhi Railway Station

About: New Delhi Railway Station (India)

Delhi had become the new capital of British India in 1911 and rapidly developing Lutyen’s Delhi needed a railway station to serve the new city. Near the end of World War 1, the government constituted the Delhi Line Committee to suggest a suitable site for the proposed station. The East Indian Railway Company was very wary of the government’s proposal for fresh investment in building a new station, in 1918 the company told its agent that it agreed with the plan, but recognized that the development of the new city would be slow and there shall be no doubt that keeping in view the need of the traffic, according to the experience, the plan should be revised from time to time.

In this way, the development of New Delhi Railway Station was decided to be done in phases, in the first phase an 800’x20′ station was built for the ceremonial reception of the Viceroy. A postal platform was built for unloading motors and goods, and the entry road was built in turn. In 1926-27, the Railway Board approved a new sign station near the Ajmeri Gate Road over-bridge, eventually, a smaller station was built facing Pahar Ganj. The old station building and ceremonial platform can still be seen at both ends of platform number-1 of this station.

In the 1940s, Delhi was rapidly developing as a major railway hub, with a large amount of traffic coming to the city from six directions and no scope for expansion of the Old Delhi Railway Station, so it became imperative that the new necessary facilities should be expanded at New Delhi Railway Station soon. In the year 1946- -47, the upcoming schemes of development were started. After independence, the first railway station building project was started was that of the New Delhi Railway Station. In 1951 it was decided that a modern station building should be built, and a new building was planned to be built between the old station building and the ceremonial platform. The initially estimated expenditure was kept at Rs 50 lakh, which was later reduced to Rs 20 lakh. This construction project in the form of a public utility building was a symbol of the prowess of a resurgent independent India.

Royal Enfield Thunderbird Clutch Lever Replacement

Royal Enfield Thunderbird Clutch Lever Damaged

I wrote approx. one year back about Royal Enfield Thunderbird motorbike self-start button issue. The issue was due to a damaged clutch switch lever which had to be replaced.

What important was – The first time clutch switch replacement since the motorbike was purchased i.e., 3 years 6 months.

But this time the issue was the opposite and was due to the clutch lever. Royal Enfield Thunderbird motorbike self-start button was starting the motorbike only if the clutch lever was pressed. This time we discover the clutch lever was damaged (shown in the image).

What important was – The first time clutch lever replacement since the motorbike purchased i.e., 4 years.

How much do I pay for Royal Enfield Thunderbird clutch lever?

Rs. 210 only/- at Manmohan Motors, Mohali (Punjab).

In short, if the self-start button is not working properly, one of the issues maybe is with the lever of the clutch switch or with the clutch lever and the solution maybe is the replacement and if replacement is after 3 plus years of journey (30,000 + km) – I am happy. Thank you Royal Enfield.

Cover for RE Motorcycle having Ladakh Carrier with Hard Luggage Box

Cover for RE Motorcycle having Ladakh Carrier with Hard Luggage Box

During my Mumbai visit, I was in search of a cover for a Royal Enfield Thunderbird motorcycle with a Ladakh carrier with a hard luggage box attached. Normally, for RE cover, you may visit any RE showroom/service center and buy but for RE motorcycles having a Ladakh carrier with a hard luggage box attached, you have to search for a much longer cover locally known as jumbo cover at local shops.

Grant road in Mumbai is one of the best locations to purchase motorcycle accessories. It is difficult to find a jumbo cover, but at Narayan Rexine House (C/o Nirmal Auto Centre) situated at Balaram Street, I found it and purchased it for Rs. 300/-. The shopkeeper assured me the cover will cover the entire motorcycle including boxes as it is a double jumbo. There was one more cover for the motorcycle, but it was heavy and the price was Rs. 550/-. For travelers traveling via motorbike, the lightweight cover is the best and the jumbo is lightweight saving the motorcycle from dust during outdoor parking as well as light rain.

The length of the jumbo cover was 5 feet 4 inches i.e., 1625 mm in length (measurement taken horizontally from the starting of the glass cover till the end of the cover) and the length of the RE Thunderbird motorcycle is 2060 mm i.e., 81 inches approx.

Yes, the shopkeeper was correct as the cover covers the entire Ladakh carrier with a hard luggage box including silencer, rear-wheel, footrest, engine, battery, seat, tank, rearview mirror, etc., etc.

I am happy the cover is useful. Only the front wheel little bit left. Length correction is required, I say. Rest is fine. Thank you, shopkeeper.

Anjeer Soft Chikki and Jelly Sweets

A Collage of Sweets - Anjeer Soft Chikki and Jelly

Most of us are aware of the famous Chikki from Lonavala – The hill station of Maharashtra. While visiting Mumbai from Pune via the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, we stop for light refreshment at Shree Datta Snacks situated at Food Plaza, Sajgaon in Khopoli. And later after having snacks, we purchased famous sweets and namkeen of Lonavala i.e., Anjeer Soft Chikki (Rs. 170), Jelly Sweets (Rs. 40), Crush Chikki (Rs. 50), and Palak Sev (Rs. 70).

Total cost – Rs. 330 but more than the cost, the taste of Anjeer Soft Chikki was excellent excellent excellent and another favorite is Jelly Sweets having flavors of Orange, Strawberry, Lemon, Khus, Mango, etc., etc.

Yes, I have a sweet tooth.