India is one of the most fascinating civilizations in the world, where over 1.3 billion people of different religions and beliefs co-exist alongside one another, together with various animals. These pictures taken in India, perfectly represent how different and unique India’s culture can be.
You know the saying, “Like a bull in a china shop?” Well, in India that’s not just a saying, but potentially something that could actually happen.
We all know what it’s like, going out to buy fabrics to make a new sari, and finding a bull just sitting in the middle of the shop. We’re guessing this is a pretty normal thing happening in certain parts of India.
Seems about right
Have you ever been on a train that was so packed with people, that you could barely find a place to stand? Have you ever wondered how many people could fit inside one train?
Well, this picture is a perfect example of the Indian way of thinking outside the box. Why just fit people inside the train, when you can also fit people above and around the train? With India’s population reaching over 1.3 billion people these days, it’s no wonder these people need to come up with creative ways to ride the crowded train.
This adorable picture shows the amazing connection a person can have with an animal sometimes. This elephant is showing its affection to the beautiful lady by touching her chin with its trunk, almost as if it’s kissing her!
And we just love how both the woman and the elephant are dressed up so extravagantly, in beautiful fabrics and jewelry fit for a royal. What better way is there to capture the essence of this wondrous country
One of the most terrifying things that can happen is having a snake find its way into your home, or to your yard. Most of us are too afraid to come near the slippery creatures, even the harmless ones who are non-venomous.
But we think it’s safe to say that the woman in this picture isn’t as afraid as we’d be. Not only is she holding a huge snake, she’s doing it without batting an eye. You go, girl.
Just riding on a bike with a donkey
What do you do when your donkey just can’t walk anymore? You put them on a motorcycle, of course.
Anyone who’s ridden a motorcycle knows that fitting two people on a bike is crowded as it is, so imagine throwing a big donkey in the mix. This Indian fellow is all smiles while holding his donkey in his lap, making it seem like it’s such an everyday thing to do. Have you never seen a donkey riding a motorcycle before?
Yes, this seems like a legitimate means of transportation. When you don’t have a car, just build one!
For the driver’s seat, you could use any old plastic lawn chair from your backyard, and instead of a gas tank – you can just use a big soda bottle to store the fuel in. The most amazing thing is, this makeshift car actually seems to be working. Plus, it looks so unique next to those regular old pickup trucks.
Cow vs. McDonald’s
This picture just says it all. Fast food giant McDonald’s has reached pretty much every corner of the earth by now, and India is no exception.
Since the main religions practiced in India consider cattle to be sacred, McDonald’s don’t serve regular beef burgers, but chicken, fish, and vegetarian options instead. This is a little victory to these couple of cows, that walk fearlessly right in front of the restaurant. In India, they cannot be touched!
If you’ve ever seen the movie Life of Pi, this picture should ring a bell or two. Only instead of being stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger, this dude is calmly sailing his boat with a little television.
We’re not sure how this TV supposed to work, since there isn’t any electricity on such a small boat, but maybe imagining he’s watching TV is enough for this guy. The kids today, they can’t enjoy nature without having screens around!
Cruising around town
Who says you need a rickshaw to get around town? You don’t even need shoes, all you need is a skateboard and someone else’s rickshaw to hang on to.
This girl is having the time of her life riding that skateboard in her beautiful sari, but it seems to us like there might be safer ways to get around, especially when you’re in the middle of the road. We mean, what if a cow suddenly crossed the street?
Real mannequins have curves
For years, we’ve been fighting negative messages towards our body image and self esteem.
While the rest of the world uses regular mannequins that are thin and muscular, this place in India picked up the gauntlet and decided to use a real life, overweight male mannequin that would make anyone feel better about themselves. Now this is something we could get on board with!
Floods are no joke, and pose a real problem around the world, including India. No one wants to see their home filled with knee-deep water and their furniture ruined.
But this Indian family is taking it in stride, as if nothing major really happened. They’re all just sitting in the flooded living room and watching television, while their chairs and legs are in the water. We suddenly feel much better about the little things that we consider problems in our everyday lives.
This might just be the most decorated camel we’ve ever seen. But in India, it’s actually not a rare thing to see. Each year in January, thousands of people come to visit the Camel Festival in Bikaner, India.
Along with dancing to folk music and riding camels, visitors can see some of the most beautifully decorated camels up close. The owners give their camels these unique “hairstyles” and designs to enter them in a competition for best decorated camel.
This picture is another one that perfectly depicts India’s population situation. With so many people in so many homes, you need that many more connection lines!
Being an electrician in India is turning out to be one of the trickiest jobs in the world. With so many lines, how can you even tell which is which, and what is supposed to go where? This also seems like kind of a safety hazard, when you think about it.
This seems like a legitimate branding for a restaurant, which is not at all derivative from a different place that also serves fried chicken, say… Kentucky Fried Chicken?
Seriously though, we think the dapper SFC guy in this sign, with his mustache and fancy turban, is even more adorable than the KFC guy we know and love. And we have no doubt that Sandar’s Fish N Chicken is just as delicious as KFC as well.
Me and my monkey
Just a few guys riding a motorcycle, nothing to see here… except for the monkey that has joined the ride!
This picture goes to show that although some things might look strange and out of the ordinary for some people, other people just find them to be ordinary everyday things that happen from time to time. We love how this adorable monkey is also holding on tight to the person sitting in front of it, just like a tiny human!
Elephant on board
There are only so many places in the world where you can see the magnificent sight we see in this serene picture. Where else would you get to see people moving a huge elephant on a tiny wooden boat?
While most of us have to visit the local zoo in order to see the beautiful, heavyweight animals, the people of India live side by side with them and can encounter them in all sorts of places – like on a boat.
Facebook is everywhere
At first glance, not everyone will notice what’s so special about this picture. But if you take a hard look at this woman’s outfit, you will realize the pattern might look vaguely familiar to you.
Yes, that’s right. That’s the Facebook logo on that woman’s sari. This goes to show that social media has made its way into everywhere in the world, and India is certainly not excluded from that. Except, instead of wearing a Facebook logo t-shirt, they wear Facebook logo saris.
Onion problem solved
If you’ve ever tried chopping onions, you’re probably aware of the problem these guys were trying to avoid.
It can be so annoying to have your eyes burning and tearing up when you’re chopping away at those onions, but sometimes you just have to do it. So in a stroke of genius, these two men decided to skip the tears by wearing biker helmets on their heads while engaging their cooking activities… and we give them an A for creativity!
Saving on autoshop
Fender benders are no picnic. Of course, what happens to the car isn’t as important as the well being of all the people involved, but it’s still a shame when your car is damaged and you have to visit the auto repair shop.
It takes time, and usually costs a lot of money to fix. But one person in India has found a way around all that mess. Just tape the front of your car back together and you’re good to go! That’s brilliant in our books.
World’s largest family
Do you ever feel like your family is big and you can barely keep track of them? Well imagine being a part of this family! In the Baktawng village in India you can find the world’s largest family.
The family patriarch Ziona Chana has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law, and at least 33 grandchildren so far. They all live in a giant 100-room home, and just one family dinner could take up to 30 chickens and 220 pounds of rice to feed everyone. Talk about a lot of cooking!
Moustache for pay
We are loving the way this man is rocking his moustache, and it’s definitely not uncommon to see many Indian men growing out their staches.
But what you might not know is that policemen in India’s Madhya Pradesh can actually get paid extra to grow out their moustache! The police chief noticed that his officers with moustaches seemed to be getting more respect than those without, so he figured why not try and bring more respect to all of his officers? We don’t know if it works, but we’re loving it anyway.
There’s a reason why Hollywood and Bollywood alike love to feature Indian weddings. Between the bright colored outfits, the vibrant decorations, and the fun dancing they are parties like you have never seen them before.
And in India you don’t even need to crash a wedding hall to get a peak, you might just end up seeing a wedding party parading down the street on the way to a ceremony. What’s not to love about a good wedding?
Most drivers can’t stand getting honked at while on the road, and for some it can end up driving you crazy. But in India truck drivers not only don’t mind getting honked at, but they actually encourage it.
It’s not uncommon to see the words “Horn ok please” on the back of a truck in India. This is the driver’s way of letting you know he hopes you’ll be honking at him if you’re coming up close to the back of his truck.
Have you ever had any reservations about the the guy or girl your friend or family member was about to marry? Well in India people have taken this worry and turned it into a booming business.
These days you can hire what they call a wedding detective to check out a prospective bride or groom. Locals insist it’s not spying, they just want to make sure these people are who they say they are and come from good families. We do what we have to for love right?
The warning sign
Many Indians practice the religion of Hinduism, and part of the religion is the belief in reincarnation, meaning when you die you will be reborn as something new.
That might explain how someone came up with this hilarious sign warning people of danger by telling them that unless they believe in rebirth they might not want to continue forward. The warning is definitely good for a laugh, and there’s no way that people won’t remember that sign in the future.
Who needs doors?
Anyone who has ever ridden public transportation knows how annoying it can be when it’s time to get off at your stop, but there’s just so many people in between you and the door that you have to push through.
Well this woman in India decided she didn’t need a door to get off her bus, she would just take her leave through the window. Might not be the safest idea, but hey you do what you have to in order to get where you need to be.
Lock ’em up
It’s a terrible feeling to lose a shoe, or worse to get it stolen from you, which is why it’s always important to be protective of your belongings.
However, we’re not so sure the owner’s of these particular shoes in India went about protecting them effectively. Locking up precious items makes sense but flip flops? And who’s to say someone won’t just decide to take them anyway. On the bright side, those shoes won’t be separating from each other any time soon!
No locks necessary
Did you know in India there are places where no one locks their doors because they believe they are being protected by the local deity? This is even true of some banks.
In the village of Shani Shingnapur most places don’t even have locks or doors to begin with. And who needs locks when you’ve got these faithful dogs watching over the ATM. Now that’s a security system we would love to see all over the world!
No neighbors allowed
See that tall skyscraper in Mumbai? While you might think it could be an office building, or an apartment building with many residents, there’s actually only one family that lives in the entire building!
It’s one of the most expensive homes in the world, and billionaire Mukesh Ambani lives there with his wife and three children. It technically only has 27 floors, but because some of the floors have high ceilings, the height of the building is closer to that of a 40-floor skyscraper. Can you believe??
Ever have your fridge break on a hot day and all you want is a nice cold drink? Well these Indian guys certainly got creative to fix their problem.
They decided to take some coat hangers, put them together, tie on a bottle of coca cola, and then rig it so the the bottle could hang in front of the air conditioner. We don’t know if it worked, but we hope these guys eventually got to enjoy the cool drink they were looking for.
A mix up
Having name brand clothing and accessories is great, but let’s be honest, a lot of brands are really expensive. This is why there is such a big market for knock off items that cost way less (even if they aren’t totally legal).
Just like New York, there are plenty of places in India to get knock off brand name clothes, just make sure to check the products before you buy them. This one shop in India got mixed up and sold some slippers that had both the Nike and Puma brands on them. Oops!
We have to give this guy props for his clever marketing tool. We all know and love the Google homepage and this guy decided to use it for his own little drink stand.
Instead of Google India, his stand is called Gogola India, which is quite clever. In the search bar and on the rest of his sign he tells you what he’s selling and all the flavors you can choose from. We love his creativity, but hopefully Google doesn’t have any problems with it.
You might have heard your friends talking about how they would love to try out a henna tattoo sometime, but in India they have a lot of cultural significance as well.
In India, this form of body art using the henna paste is usually called Mehndi. Typically Mehndi is used traditionally for brides before their weddings, and elaborate designs will be applied to their hands and feet. In some places in India grooms will be adorned with henna designs as well. All we know is that they are beautiful to look at!
Most of the film industry in America revolves around Hollywood, but if you’re going to India then it’s all about Bollywood.
There is nothing more fun than watching a typical Bollywood movie filled with incredible dancing, colorful costumes, and of course a little romance. Around 800 Bollywood films are made each year, and Indians themselves love going to see them in the theaters. In fact, around 14 million Indians go to the movie theaters every day in India! That’s a lot of seats filled.
Who doesn’t love a nice relaxing day at the spa? Sometimes all you need at the end of a rough day is to settle in for deep tissue massage and hot bath. But spa days aren’t just for humans.
In Kerala, India there’s actually a spa just for elephants called the Punnathoor Cotta Elephant Yard Rejuvenation Centre. At the facility, elephants can receive baths, food, and even a relaxing massage. Sounds like a good deal for the elephants!
It’s important when you go to the doctor that you feel confident in their ability to take care of you. But we’re not sure how we’d feel about going to this particular doctor named Dr. Cholera.
Cholera is also a pretty bad disease that we definitely don’t want to catch. Who knows, maybe his ironic last name is what inspired him to get into medicine in the first place. Either way, we may be double checking his references before making an appointment.
English can be a tough language to learn, especially when it’s your second language. When you’re travelling outside of English speaking countries, you’re bound to run into a few cases where things probably don’t mean what the person thought they meant.
That’s definitely the case for this sign that reads, “Thank you for the inconvenience.” We’re not sure if they were planning to thank us for the service or apologize for an inconvenience, but something was definitely lost in translation.
The Ramganga river in India is a tributary of the infamous Ganges river, and like this sign says it is filled with crocodiles. Crocodiles are not animals you want to mess with, so we can totally understand why it’s been prohibited here.
But what makes this sign so funny is the line about survivors being prosecuted, meaning some people might not make it out of the river to begin with. That’s definitely one way to make swimmers think twice before breaking the rules to jump on in.
Sharing the air
If you live in a place with scorching hot summers than you know the importance of good air conditioning. But if you live in a place where you don’t have it in your room? Talk about torture.
That’s why we think the guys who rigged this up must be genius. Using a pair of pants to help direct air flow into their rooms is definitely one of the most creative and clever ideas we’ve seen out there. Hopefully it helped cool off their rooms so they could survive the heat.
One ticket please
If you’ve ever taken a bus or train somewhere then you know all about waiting line at the station to buy a ticket.
Sometimes there are all sorts of odd people at bus stations, but we’re willing to bet you’ve probably never seen a cow waiting in line. Cows really are everywhere in India, and it looks like this one had some big ideas about buying a ticket to somewhere new. Hope he enjoys his trip!
Send in the witches
Once again we have ourselves an English fail with this sign. But honestly, this mistake is so funny that we’re almost willing to let it slide. This food vendor was trying to list what you could buy at his shop, like pizza and drinks.
But in place of sandwiches we got “send witches.” Maybe he’s a secret witch hunter who’s hoping someone will make his job easier, but we do have to wonder if anyone has ever taken this sign seriously and sent someone over. Be careful out there witches!
Usually if you want to eat before your flight you grab something from the food court in the airport terminal, or eat a snack at your gate. But these guys are just straight up having a picnic on the ground right next to the airplane.
Maybe it was for religious reasons, or maybe they were just hungry, but either way we’re amazed this was even allowed considering all the safety regulations that are usually in place. This is definitely a case of “only in India” in full affect!
In sickness and in health
Don’t you hate when you go to a family event and it seems like everyone around you is sick? The last thing you need is to catch the flu before you have to go back to work.
Well this family decided they weren’t going to let a little sickness stand in the way of a happy event, so they all donned surgical masks for a wedding. Major props have to go to the bride and groom who went so far as to match their masks to their outfits.
We totally understand the idea behind telling kids that they can do anything they set their minds to and shouldn’t let anything hold them back.
But let’s be honest, we might need to manage their expectations sometimes. We love that these two little boys believe they are strong enough to pull in this massive boat with just a small rope and their sheer strength, but the truth is they might need to find a little bit of help to make it happen.
Not the coffee shop you’re looking for
We all know Starbucks as the international chain where we can get our soy lattes or pumpkin spice frappuccinos. But something tells us that this particular one probably isn’t the coffee shop we might be looking for.
This “Star Bucks” is in Goa, India and instead of being a coffee chain it is a casual place where you can grab a bite to eat on the beach. Sounds great, but we hope they don’t run into any copyright issues with the real Starbucks!
Don’t eat the…what?
To be honest, we’re kind of stumped what this sign was so supposed to mean. In yet another translation fail moment, this sign in the airport warns travelers that eating the carpet is strictly prohibited.
Maybe there were cases of people actually eating carpet that they now have to warn people against? Or maybe they’re trying to tell us not to sit on the carpet? We’re not sure what we’re not supposed to do so we hope other confused travelers don’t get in any trouble!
What’s in a name
Just like the man with his drink stand, these stores decided to capitalize on some well known companies in order for their own to get noticed.
That Google store isn’t selling computers and tablets, they’re selling clothes. Next to them is the WhatsApp menswear, and the Play Store fashion world. We’re not sure if they got permission to use these names, but we commend them for being bold enough to go for it in order to promote their products.