In the Pench Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh, one of the most popular tiger reserves of the country, 88 thousand 683 tourists reached during the tourism year 2018-19. This includes 79 thousand 852 Indian and 8 thousand 831 foreign tourists. Due to this the Reserve received the highest ever revenue of Rs. 3 crore 11 lakh 35 thousand 923. It is worth mentioning that in the tourism year 1997-98, only 988 tourists visited Pench Tiger Reserve, which did not include any foreign tourists. Pench Tiger Reserve was ranked first in the management in tourism in the year 2010-11 and second in the year 2014.
Pench Tiger Reserve is the highest vegetarian density park in the country. The carnivorous animals here include abundance of animals like tiger, leopard, wild cat, dog, hyena, jackal, fox, wolf, mongoose etc. and vegetarian species mainly bison, chital, sambar, nilgai, chasinga, chinkara, wild boar etc. Beautiful forests also attract tourists. About 325 species of birds can be seen in the national park in different seasons. Migratory birds throng in the submerged areas of the park's Totladoh reservoir.
The Pench Tiger Reserve has 116 km of routes and 82.3 sq km (20 per cent) of area tourism. Tourists are given entry through 3 entrances to Rukhad, Telia and Khawasa. For the convenience of tourists 96 guides have been arranged here by the Forest Department. These include 12 women guides. Ten women have been appointed in Turia, one female guide each in Karmazhiri and Telia Buffer. A total of 56 guides are available at the Turia entrance, 11 at Karmazhiri, 6-6 in Jamtara and Telia buffer, 2 in Rukh buffer and 3 in Sakata buffer. Similarly, 142 registered vehicles are also available in Safari. Maximum 124 of these are available at Turia Gate, 10 at Karmazhiri and 8 at Jamtara.
Tourism in the park also provides employment to local people along with environmental protection awareness. Activities conducted here for tourists include bird watching, jungle safari, local cultural programs, jungle camps / tents, nature trail, scientific studies, tree-houses, interpretation centers, etc