10 Things To Do Alone In Pune, India - Updated 2024

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Pune, India, is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra. It is often referred to as the “Oxford of the East” due to a large number of renowned universities in the city. As a result, it is a very modern destination with a youthful population, making it a fun, multicultural and convenient travel option for solo travelers. It is also home to a range of historical landmarks and sites, including the rock-cut Pataleshwar cave temple, the Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwarwada, Lal Mahal and Sinhagad Fort. There are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the pre-colonization history of the region, as well as the British’s influence on the city’s culture. It is also home to a variety of religious and spiritual practices. If you’re planning a solo trip to Pune, take a look at our recommended list of things to do alone in this destination.

1. Four-hour cultural & heritage walking tour (from USD 43.0)

This four-hour long walking tour is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with Pune and learn about its history and modern-day culture. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to sites such as Shaniwar Wada Fort, Dagdu Sheth, and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy many trinkets from local vendors at the Laxmi Market.

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Pune heritage walk for an immersive cultural experience

Duration: 3 hours

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2. Pune's full-day private tour activities (from USD 118.0)

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On this private tour, you will have eight hours to learn about Pune as you explore the local attractions. Your English-speaking guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have about sites such as the Aga Khan Palace, the Pataleshwar Caves and the Raja Dinkar Museum. Ranging from the 8th to 19th century, these destinations weave a complex and rich story about India’s history. The tour includes hotel pick up and drop off, as well as the chance to enjoy some local cuisine for lunch.

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Pune's Full Day Private Tour Activities

Duration: 8.0 hour

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3. Private half-day food walking tour (from USD 139.0)

This budget-friendly tour will introduce you to delicious cuisine of all varieties. Try new treats such as wine biscuits, ginger soda or mango mastani. The private food tour will ensure you can ask all the questions you want and have a truly memorable experience. The tour also includes complimentary hotel pickup and drop off.

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Pune Private Half-Day Food Walking Tour

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

4. Four-hour tour: Small-group culinary walking tour in Pune (from USD 99.0)

Enjoy the culinary delights that Pune has to offer on this small tour (no more than 15 people at a time). Stops will include the famous Kayani Bakery and Dorajbee where you can taste foods like mawa cakes, mango mastani, wada paw and wine biscuits. Food tastings are at your own expense, and morning and afternoon departures are available for your convenience.

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4-Hour Tour: Small-Group Culinary Walking Tour in Pune

Duration: 4 hours

5. Cultural heritage walking tour (from USD 43.0)

The unique history of Pune is mostly fully appreciated while exploring the city on foot. Visit historical and political landmarks, as well as religious sites. The top attractions featured on this tour include Shaniwar Wada, Nana Wada, and Noon-Dagdu Sheth. You’ll end your half-day at the Laxmi Market and have a chance to shop for souvenirs or an afternoon snack.

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Pune heritage walk for an immersive cultural experience

Duration: 3 hours

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6. Full-Day bird safari excursion to Bhigwan from Pune (from USD 199.0)

Take a day off from the busy hubbub of the city, and venture into the countryside where you’ll get to observe beautiful pink flamingos and more at the Bhigwan bird sanctuary. This full day tour includes talks with the Hindu god Shiva at the Bhuleshwar Temple and hotel pick up and drop off. You also will have the option of choosing how big you’d like your tour group to be and even customizing the itinerary to meet your interests.

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Pune to Bhigwan Private Full-Day Bird Safari, Hotel Transfers

Duration: 7 to 8 minutes

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7. Pune University complex cycling private tour (from USD 139.0)

Get some exercise on this half-day private bike tour. You’ll see the campus of Savitribai Phule Pune University and learn more about what kind of education is available at the university, as well as appreciate its unique architecture and history. The scenic tour offers a shady respite on hot days or an alternative to more popular walking tours and outings in Pune. Guides will be happy to help make any special arrangements you may need.

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4-Hour Tour: Pune University Complex Cycling Private Tour

Duration: 4 hours

8. Private Pune tour (from USD 71.0)

Steeped in history, this tour offers a glimpse into Pune’s past. Beginning at your hotel, you will be guided through the most popular sites in Pune by a professional guide. Sites include the Aga Khan Palace, Shinde Chhatri, Museums in Pune, the Osho International Meditation, and finally, the Colonial Market for lunch of your choosing. This tour highlights the architecture of famous buildings in Pune and the historical significance of each in India’s struggle for independence.

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Private Pune Tour: Aga Kha Palace Shinde Chatri Tribal Musuem Osho Internation Meditation Colonial Market World War I and II Cemetery at Khadki

Duration: 5 hours

9. Cheese trail in Pune (from USD 96.0)

Perfect for cheese lovers, this private tour takes you to a farm that has over 40 years’ experience in the cheese industry. Learn and witness how organic cheese is produced and what it takes to craft such unique and rich flavors. Your tour will include a tasting of 10 different kinds of cheese. This is a good option for those who want to get further outside of the city and see a different way of life.

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Cheese trail in Pune

Duration: 3 hours

10. Authentic Gujarati cooking and dining experience (from USD 22.0)

A visit to Pune would not be complete without learning more about the regional cuisine and sampling the savory flavors concocted by a fantastic local chef. Chef Sangita will welcome you into her home and you will have the opportunity to learn how to cook some traditional Gujarati dishes. Plan to spend about two to four hours on this experience.

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Authentic Gujarati Cooking and Dining Experience with a Local in Pune

Duration: 2 to 4 hours

Rich history, richer food

The tours and activities outlined above can meet the whims and desire of any traveler. Whether you are interested in learning more about religious life, the history of colonization or how to prepare traditional dishes, there is an option here for you. Solo travelers will have a great time in Pune because of its reputation for hospitality and diversity. Keep these activities in mind for your next travel plans. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to return with a friend or two in tow.

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