Over a 1000 people braved the night chill and light rain since last night outside the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, waiting to leave the country. Many have flights later in the day but hope they can fly out earlier.
The earthquake struck at a busy time of year for the tourism-dependent country's trekking and climbing season, with an estimated 300,000 foreign tourists in the country for the trekking and climbing season.
"The house pillars shook as if they were trees in the wind" says Neeraj Chauhan who works with the United Nations in Kathmandu. Mr Chauhan had invited his parents to visit him, a decision he now regrets.
"I thought this was the end for me," says Mr Chauhan's mother, Premalata, describing the quake. "My husband and I have tickets to go back today, but not our son. And I will not go back without him," she adds as she breaks down.
There are hundreds like the Chauhan family, who have been sitting in line to get entry to the airport, and hopefully passage home. While commercial flights have resumed and the Indian Air Force has evacuated several hundred stranded tourists, the sheer number of tourists waiting a way out is posing a problem.
Nearby, Lu Hee plays cards with her friends in the parking lot of the airport, which has been turned into a waiting area for hundreds of stranded travellers.
"I had come only two days ago. But now, I want to head back to my home in Tibet," says Lu Hee. "I don't mind waiting here. At least I am thankful for being alive," she adds.
The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu was closed for a few hours after the 7.9 magnitude quake struck. Flights resumed later in the evening.
The Ministry of External Affairs has announced the phone numbers of officials coordinating the evacuation effort, at both the Indian mission and the airport in Kathmandu. It has also set up telephone and e-mail helplines where stranded Indians can reach out for help. Air India has resumed operations today, with services from Delhi and Kathmandu.