Every day the students reach the school from more than 50 villages, on foot, by bike or thanks to the school bus.
The villages, scattered among paddy fields, forests and narrow streets, may appear as clusters of dwellings only, or they may also have small shops, markets, etc. The houses are usually distributed along the road which, being rarely travelled by motorized vehicles, is also used as a community space by the residents, together with the courtyards.
The typical dwellings that can be found in the villages near the Nawa Maskal School have similar features, due to their common traditional building techniques. The houses are usually articulated around a central room, mostly used as a pantry; around this space are the other living areas that can be also verandahs.
Walls are typically made with compacted earth, covered with a dung-based waterproofing plaster: this finish requires frequent renovation, which is why if neglected, it can easily degrade, creating cracks and possible collapses. The windows are few and small, both to avoid heat loss in winter and internal overheating in summer. The typical colour of houses is clay or brown, even if sometimes it is possible to find houses with coloured plasters, or with ādivāsi patterns, such as floral or animal motifs.
A very interesting aspect of the houses of the villages is the seat incorporated in the external wall, towards the street, as a place of rest and relationship.