This may sound like an odd idea, but when I'm travelling I like to go to local user group meetings. I have two reasons for this:
It is a good way to meet local people I have something in common with and escape the backpacker crowd for an evening. Often people go out for drinks and food after the meeting for extra socializing.
I also may learn something new in IT and may use my brain for a change :-)
While at home I usually only visit user groups for my specific field/technology, on the road I like to branch out and go to any meetings that fits my schedule.
I know there are user groups in India and there are tons of software developers and IT people there too, but how common are meet-ups and can I just drop in? Are they all in English? Are there code camps or similar events? Is there a good online source for finding out about events?
I know this is a long-shot but there are many IT people here and some of them even from India.