Tucked modestly in the shadows of the majestic towers of the Mughal Citadel of Jahangir, lies the small village of Ganj that quietly displays in a handful of houses its own construction vernacular. The Village of Ganj sits on the outskirts of Orchha, a popular town in Mahdya Pradesh, India famous for its Mughal Architecture and temples.

This subtropical area is known for its hot dry summers, wet monsoons from July to September, then cool dry winters. The land is relatively flat with gentle hills leading down to the Betwa river.

Every house in the village is build using local materials and local techniques. the bricks and tiles are also processed locally, by the families.

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Because of the wet season, it is very handy to have a good quality roofing that will protect the walls for many years.

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To build the walls, they use a clever mix of stones, bricks and clay.

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Later on it gets plastered…

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…And painted every now and then for a fresh look !

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It would also be a shame not to mention this simple yet clever fencing system that we have seen in many places in India :

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A common practice throughout the country is to collect cow dung,

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…mix it with hay and water…

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…and make a good pile of poop fuel for the stoves !

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Cows are very important in villages because they provide the main fuel source for cooking. A handy trick to save on wood !