Sunday Snapshot | Holy Cows of India Roam Free | Goa, India

This post was last updated on May 18th, 2014

Holy Cows of Incredible India_Backpack ME

When people think of India, the image of a cow wandering free often comes to mind.

Cows are considered holy in Hinduism and as such, to the contrary of most parts of the world, are not regarded as potential steak, but instead as an animal that gives so much beyond food. Unfortunately, when you travel to India, you realize that roaming around the city traffic eating from the garbage doesn’t really do justice to how holy cows are supposed to be. This happens mostly in the big cities but when you visit smaller and rustic places such as Goa, you can clearly tell the difference.

In the beaches around Goa, not only locals and tourists enjoy the sun, the breeze and walks by the shore – holy cows do so too! And it makes for a picture perfect scenery. If I were a cow in India, I’d hope I’d be born in Goa!

BIO: Zara is a Portuguese girl who quit her job in Dubai 2 years ago to travel around the world with her now husband Ashray, from India. They’re the team behind Backpack ME, a travel site that aims to share tips and ideas with people all over the place, inspiring them to go travel, no matter where they come from! A&Z are East meets West and Backpack ME is all about a multicultural perspective on travel: Say HI on Twitter @piggybackrideAZ and join them on Facebook too.

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  1. Of all the animals I’d expect to see rambling on a beach. . . somehow a cow would not be on the list. Lucky cow!

    • Right?? I’m not sure where else in the world you would be able to see that.

  2. Thanks for sharing our photo, guys!
    Incredible India is an ever-surprising place.. scenes like this one become so normal to see when you’re there that it is simply amazing!! :)
    Zara @ Backpack ME recently posted…Public Toilet TIPS!My Profile

    • Our pleasure! I would love to go back to India one day- I was only in New Delhi, but there are so many amazing places to see!

  3. Pros and cons. I like how they’re the most fortunate and free cows on earth and how veg food is endlessly accessible. I didn’t enjoy stepping in cow dung but it’s inevitable. The pros outweigh the cons.
    Mike | Earthdrifter recently posted…An Amazon Riverboat CruiseMy Profile

    • Ooo stepping in cow dung is definitely not high on my list of things to experience in India!

  4. How interesting. When I think of cows in India, it’s more of a street scene that comes to my mind, but I haven’t been there yet.
    Rhonda Albom recently posted…Celebrating My Dream DestinationMy Profile

    • That’s where I saw the most cows when I was in India for sure, but then again I never made it to any of the beaches :)


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