Kuno Forest Retreat


A Journey of Local Flavours at the Kuno Forest Retreat

Nestled within the enchanting landscapes of Kuno National Park in the serene district of Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, the Kuno Forest Retreat stands as a sanctuary for those enchanted by the call of the wild and the allure of culinary exploration. 

This unique stay offers not just a haven for solace seekers amidst untouched wilderness but also a stage to experience the only population of cheetahs in India, making every stay an adventure of a lifetime. Within its boundaries, the retreat promises an immersive experience that blends the thrill of wildlife encounters with the pleasure of gourmet discoveries. 

Guests are invited to embark on a journey that fascinates the taste buds and nourishes the soul, all while surrounded by the raw and majestic beauty of one of India’s most revered national parks. Here, every moment is an opportunity to create lasting memories, whether through the sight of a rare cheetah in its natural habitat or the taste of a dish that perfectly encapsulates the essence of Madhya Pradesh.

The Essence of Farm-to-table Dining

At the heart of Kuno Forest Retreat is a philosophy that emphasises the relationship between the plate and the pasture. Our farm-to-table dining experience is not just a meal; it is a journey that starts in the lush fields of Kuno National Park Sheopur and ends with a culinary masterpiece on your table. This approach not only enhances the dining experience but also supports the local ecosystem and community.

Celebrating Local Ingredients

The culinary adventure at Kuno is built around the celebration of local farm fresh food. From the crisp vegetables harvested in the nearby farms to the aromatic spices sourced from the forests of Kuno National Park, every ingredient tells a story of tradition, culture, and the rich biodiversity of Madhya Pradesh.

Diving into the local cuisines and foods of Madhya Pradesh at Kuno Forest Retreat is akin to embarking on a gastronomical journey through the heart of India. Madhya Pradesh’s cuisine, known for its diversity and rich flavours, offers plenty of dishes that are a testament to the state’s agricultural bounty and cultural heritage.

Meet the Chefs: Masters of Local Cuisine

Our chefs are not just cooks; they are guardians of Madhya Pradesh’s culinary heritage. With expertise in transforming local food into dishes that are both innovative and traditional, they invite you to a dining experience that is deeply rooted in the locale’s culture and flavours.

Cooking with the Community: Workshops and Classes

Begin on a culinary journey with our community-based cooking workshops and classes. Here, you will learn the secrets of Madhya Pradesh’s cuisine, from the perfect blend of spices to the art of cooking over an open flame. These sessions are more than just learning; they are about sharing stories and fostering connections through local food.


Taste of Kuno: Signature Dishes to Try

Every dish at Kuno Forest Retreat tells a story of the forest retreat and its surroundings. Our signature dishes, crafted with local food, are a must-try for anyone wanting to fully immerse themselves in the essence of Kuno National Park.

The retreat’s menu features specialities such as the savoury ‘Bhutte ka Kees’ – a grated corn dish cooked with spices and milk, the fiery ‘Rogan Josh’ that showcases the best of local mutton, and the delectable ‘Dal Bafla’, a hearty dish that’s akin to the North Indian ‘Dal Bati’, but with a distinct Malwa twist. Vegetarian delights include the ‘Poha-Jalebi’ combo, a unique breakfast offering that pairs fluffy, spiced flattened rice with syrupy jalebis.

For dessert, the ‘Mawa Bati’, a rich, milk-based dumpling soaked in sugar syrup, promises a sweet end to any meal. These dishes, enriched with the flavours of Kuno National Park’s local produce and spices, not only offer a taste of the local palate but also reflect the culinary soul of Madhya Pradesh, making every dining experience at Kuno Forest Retreat an unforgettable one.

Sustainable Gastronomy: Impact Beyond the Plate

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond the kitchen. At Kuno Forest Retreat, we understand that sustainable gastronomy is about making choices that positively impact the environment, local economies, and our health. This philosophy is at the core of our menu, which is designed to offer local food that is not only delicious but also kind to the planet.

From Field to Feast: The Journey of Your Meal

The journey of your meal at Kuno Forest Retreat is a testament to the richness of Kuno National Park. From the field where it was grown to the feast where it is enjoyed, every step is a celebration of local food, craftsmanship, and the bounty of nature.

Planning Your Culinary Adventure at Kuno

Planning a visit to Kuno Forest Retreat is not just about booking a stay; it is about preparing for an experience that tantalises the senses and enriches the soul. Whether you are a food lover, a nature enthusiast, or someone seeking a unique retreat, the culinary adventure at Kuno Forest Retreat offers something unforgettable for everyone.



Kuno Forest Retreat stands as a beacon for those seeking an authentic connection with nature and local culture. Through its commitment to farm-to-table dining, sustainable practices, and the celebration of local food, it offers a culinary adventure that goes beyond mere dining. It is an invitation to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of Kuno National Park, to explore, to taste, and to discover the true essence of Madhya Pradesh’s rich gastronomical landscape.