This paper covers the lived experiences of the 2015 earthquake survivors. The research was conducted in urban and peri-urban areas of Gorkha District, the epicenter of the earthquake. This paper tells the story of the people from different social and economic groups of the district and tries to capture their emotions, understandings and learnings of disaster from before and after the 2015 earthquake. This paper also presents the perspectives of officials from central and local governments and development organizations involved in post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction efforts. The lessons identified in the report help to identify ways forward in order to build back better and ensure resilience in the coming days.