Yes, that’s a cow 🐄 on the street. When I think of India, I think about fragrant flowers and cows ALL OVER town. Cows are sacred to the Hindu culture that it’s illegal to slaughter them. According to the ancient Vedic texts, killing a cow is synonymous to killing a human. And according to Hindu mythology, the cow is the god, Krishna’s, vehicle. And some say this belief is the basis of the culture’s vegetarianism. These creatures are so loved and respected that cattle owners let the cow walk free and almost every corner in town has feeding boxes and water for them. .
I’ve heard so many discouraging words about India once people heard I was planning on going, let alone planning on going as a female solo. Most of which came from Indians, actually. That there’ll be a culture shock, it’s not safe, the smells are overwhelming, etc. India is definitely not for the faint of heart, but having grown up and lived in the Philippines, I didn’t feel the “shock” that I was warned about. I got some stares and some requests to take selfies with. But as a woman, I actually felt respected. It also helped that there’s a designated female only queue in many establishments. I’m glad I didn’t let those words discourage me from going, because it was honestly such an amazing experience. Yes, there were some odors. Mostly from the random cow poop on the streets. But, hey, I’ve smelled some nastier odors in NYC’s alleys and subways as well! The point is, im glad I went. It’s definitely an experience ill never forget and I highly recommend, especially to female travelers. - 7 days ago