Life for rural communities in Rajasthan's Thar Desert has remained largely unchanged for centuries, making the region one of the richest cultural experiences in India.
Sure, basic roads and patchy 2G mobile networks now connect many villages to the main city of Jaisalmer but the traditions and culture of the people stand still in time.
While village communities in the Thar Desert are full of smiling faces, in reality their lives are unquestionably harsh. Scorching summers, basic schools, lack of running water and widespread belief in the caste system make it very difficult for an ordinary small village to improve their lot in life.
Mala Ki Dhani is the story of one tiny village, Chimaram Ki Dhani, and it's dream to create a better future by doing something bold - changing the way they make money and interact with the outside world.
For many years, Chimaram Ki Dhani has survived only on back-breaking labour. To this day, villagers stand in the blistering desert sun cutting truck loads of rocks with hand tools to sustain themselves and the building industry in Jaisalmer.
In 2015, led by a young villager with extensive experience in the tourism industry, Om Bhati, Chimaram Ki Dhani set out to build a tourist village just 500 meters from their own village. The new village being named Mala Ki Dhani.after Malaram, Om's grandfather and patriarch of the family.
Mala Ki Dhani is creating a new world of opportunities for the 80 villagers of Chimaram Ki Dhani and offering a 'one of a kind' cultural experience that connects tourists to authentic village life in the magnificent Thar Desert.