This is Sherpur, a village in Rajasthan. It is home to the Meena people, who have lived in this part of India since ancient times. The villages of the Meena people have picturesque white and ochre mud houses: these are often decorated with wall and floor paintings known as Mandana.
Did you know that half of the world's population lives in earth or mud buildings? A mud house is cheaper to build and offers better insulation than a brick and concrete house - it is cool in summer and warm in winter and is, therefore, more sustainable. In contrast, the production of cement for building is known to account for more than five per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Use the links in the right hand column to find out more about mud buildings.
India has a vast range of houses, buildings and architecture. Present a balanced view by showing pictures of city homes and buildings as well as village homes.