Chinkara also known as Spotted Deer at Kuno National Park

Fox Spotting at Kuno National Park

Hot Air Balloon Rides at Kuno Tent City

The Kuno Forest Festival, curated by the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board, India took place amidst the serene setting of Kuno National Park.

RANIPUR, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA, December 22, 2023 / — Nestled in the idyllic village of Ranipura, on the outskirts of Sheopur district, Madhya Pradesh, India, spanning from the 17th to the 21st of December 2023. This remarkable event captivated attendees with an enchanting fusion of untamed landscapes, thrilling adventures, and dedicated cheetah conservation efforts. Across five days, this vibrant celebration highlighted the sanctuary’s diverse wildlife, the reintroduction of cheetahs, and showcased the region’s rich cultural heritage.

A Symphony of Experiences:

The festival featured a variety of experiences tailored to cater to diverse interests. Thrill-seekers indulged in adrenaline-pumping activities such as hot air ballooning, parasailing, paragliding, and captivating cave explorations. Nature enthusiasts embarked on riveting jungle safaris, eagerly anticipating sightings of the recently reintroduced cheetahs in the park. Cultural enthusiasts were treated to vibrant performances of local folk music and dance, complemented by exhibitions showcasing the region’s indigenous art and craft traditions. Additionally, nightly cultural events concluded with serene night walks and stargazing sessions.

Raising Awareness for Cheetah Conservation:

The Kuno Forest Festival played a pivotal role in promoting awareness about the significance of cheetah conservation. Following the extinction of cheetahs in India in 1952, the government undertook a momentous initiative to reintroduce these remarkable creatures, the world’s fastest land animal, into the country. Kuno National Park, with its abundant populations of Chinkara, spotted deer, and black deer, stands as an ideal habitat, offering ample hunting grounds for these magnificent animals.

A Catalyst for Sustainable Tourism:

The festival’s triumph sets a promising trajectory for sustainable tourism in the area. Establishing an opulent tented city in Ranipura, comprising 50 meticulously designed Swiss tents equipped with modern conveniences, providing visitors with an exclusive and cozy means to immerse in the splendor of Kuno National Park. This surge in responsible tourism not only fosters economic gains for the local community but also advocates for the adoption of sustainable measures to safeguard the fragile ecosystem.

The premier Kuno Forest Festival’s debut has established an exceptional standard for upcoming editions. Its positive response highlights the significant promise of Kuno National Park as a leading eco-tourism hub and a crucial bastion for cheetah preservation. With Madhya Pradesh Tourism’s intent to make this festival an annual affair, anticipations rise for more immersive encounters, compelling activities, and a reaffirmed dedication to safeguarding Kuno’s natural marvels for posterity.

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