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17 Reasons I Love the Cows in India (Even Though One Tried to Kill Me)

This post hardly needs any intro other than the title, but it feels wrong to just show you photos of cows in India and not explain why they are so awesome. Today I am in a funky mood and thought I’d share this little photo album instead of such serious tips about India!

They are holy and they are EVERYWHERE. You’ll see them outside 5 star hotels, in the street, and laying out tanning their hides on the beach. The babies are adorable. I thought growing up next to a farm with them that I wouldn’t be shocked by them here. I was wrong. It’s such a unique quality of India, almost no one can visit here without relaying to friends about “the cows!!”. So without further delay, here are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken of them.

funny cows in indiajust shopping for a new scarf

funny cows in indiastrolling through the market

funny cows in indiasecurity outside our house

funny cows in indiaroad block cows

funny cows in indiamom and baby getting their tan on

funny cows in indialooks mean, but was nice

funny cows in india outside my hotel, um, scuse me mr. cow I need through

funny cows in indiamy favorite baby of all time was discovering his tongue for a good 20 minutes

funny cows in indialooks mean, was mean, pinned me against a wall… ripped my ali baba rants right off! Tell you more about that later, I promise

funny cows in indiathey’re too cute to fight, but no one told them

funny cows in indiajust waiting for the train to Udaipur 

funny cows in indiain Goa, straight chillin’

cow goa this one went to Clare’s before stopping by my house

Now for a little more cow inspiration with some photos from flickr. I’m clearly not the only one who loves Indian cows. Actually, my friend Saffron loves them so much she draws them on the regular.

funny cows in indiaphoto credit

funny cows in indiaStreet of Delhi, photo credit

funny cows in indiaHoly cows, photo credit 1 and credit 2

funny cows in indiaknock knock, can I come in? photo credit

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Shalu Sharma April 23, 2014 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Nice photos. The one at the station is quite nice. They are everywhere not because they are holy. It’s because they are used for milk and people prefer fresh milk. Many places don’t have the usual shops where they can buy milk like you have in the UK.

  2. Janit April 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I never noticed there were cows everywhere – living in India, they seem to become a part and parcel of our daily lives. Also, having actually petted quite a few of them, we dont fear them – and actually like these harmless creatures.

    Do agree that they dont suit the streets – especially in larger cities….but thats India….even Indians cant do much about it.

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

      I have stopped noticing them so much too after all this time! They are such sweet things (except the one who tried to kill me)

  3. Hayley April 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I love this post :) Seeing cows in the UK is such a novelty, I think they should roam freely like they do in India! I am curious as to what the mean, mean cow did to you though haha xx

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Be careful what you wish for lol and yes, one day I’ll share what happened!

  4. Agness April 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Aren’t they wild and aggressive to people? It must be weird to see them in the street just like that LOL :D

  5. Rebekah April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    That’s amazing! I can’t even imagine

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:34 am - Reply

      Most are older photos as I’ve gotten so used to them I don’t think to take photos anymore!

  6. Colleen Brynn April 24, 2014 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Yeah, the cows are hilarious here. Love the photo of the one shopping for a new scarf, haha brilliant. The best was when I saw two in Nallasopara (a suburb of Mumbai) … they were at the train station just walking along with the sea of people going to work, and they looked like they had some place to be as well. Classic India. Too bad I didn’t have my camera ready to capture that one!

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

      ahhh hate when that happens! You gotta be one of those that carries on neck at. all. times!!

  7. J in Beijing April 24, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Aww wow I all the cows just moseying around! I wouldn’t mind some cows wandering around my neighbourhood. The cow in the train station is my favourite.

    • Rachel Jones April 24, 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

      They are SO so cute! I have seen lots more at the train station than that but never had my camera ready!

  8. Renuka April 25, 2014 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Really cute! So many cow photos! You have managed to click some really nice shots there. Thanks for this lovely post, Rachel. :)

  9. Heather April 25, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Love the cows! It took me a while to find the cow in the next to last photo and then I saw its butt sticking out of the house! This made my morning :-)

    • Rachel Jones April 26, 2014 at 1:37 am - Reply

      hahha, today at the beach I saw another super cute one. He was digging in the sand really hard to make a little bed. but every pic I took it just looked like he was standing there.

  10. Karyn @ Not Done Journeyling April 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    They’re adorable! I love how they are just hanging out, all chill.

    But we need to hear the story about the one that tried to kill you!

    • Rachel Jones April 26, 2014 at 1:38 am - Reply

      I keep telling myself I need to write that one- it’s a shame the monster bruise and slash he left on me were on my butt cheek so I can’t share the pic!

  11. Franca April 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    That’s simply incredible! I’m a big animal lover and I just imagine a world where animals would all be free like these cows :)

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