Housing in India varies depending on region and social standing. The range between mansions and filthy slums is apparent within a city. Slums are where millions of people live in shacks made of waste materials, scrap metal, plastic or wood.
India has a long colonial history, so a lot of the buildings and architecture are British or British-influenced along with local designs. The Global Property Guide prices apartments in Mumbai, for example, at US $9000 per square mile. Mumbai also has a large number of skyscrapers throughout the city. These apartments and skyscrapers are made of more conventional building materials similar to those in any other country. This is in contrast to the Mumbai slum of Dharavi where over a million people live abject poverty, without proper sanitation, heating and water. Their homes are constructed from whatever they can find. Dharavi is located in the heart of Mumbai, which is India's financial capital.
Homes in rural areas of India are usually made of clay, cement, mud or a mixture of those things. Designs have evolved so that the structure and style of a home is perfect for the climate and terrain the community lives in, whether it's mountainous, dry or marshy.