Gateway to Serenity- The Karakoram Highway

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Naba Basar

Gateway to Serenity is a book about my journey of discoveries and sweet victories of learning to navigate culture and language, finding my love for the outdoors, and the heart-warming kindness of the locals. I knew my life would never be the same; something in me had changed and a city life would never be enough. I needed to chase beautiful sunsets, wildflower forest trails, vibrant cultures, fruit orchards and food bursting with distinctive flavours. It was absolutely essential to my sanity to step out of my comfort zone – gaining more independence, enhancing my communication skills, challenging my fears and insecurities. Traveling seems to give me a near constant adrenaline rush.  When traveling it is not always smooth sailing, but the bumps along the road really help you to discover what you want out of travel, and what you don’t want.

This travel journal is about my first trip to Gilgit Baltistan – the most spectacular region of Pakistan, known for its geography, scenic beauty and majestic mountains. It is about what I learned, and the experiences I had. It is a collection of adventures, stories, memories and discovery.

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  • 4
    Gateway to Serenity is a must read

    Posted by Asma Hamza on 8th Dec 2018

    Too stressed? Well hold your coffee cup and go through the majestic pages of this book to escape into the beautiful landscape. See the beauty of Pakistan from a new perception

  • 5
    Gateway to Serenity

    Posted by Ana Paola Thome' on 13th Oct 2018

    I loved ur book because it´s very descriptive and it took me to Pakistan, to its people, places. I felt as if I was in the mountains and talking to people, listening to them, mingling with them. I like the way u describe because it´s enough, not too much, not too little. U write with ur heart and put energy into it, so it´s passionate. It made me want to go to Pakistan sooner...but I need to wait til next year

  • 5
    Gateway to Serenity

    Posted by Karim Khan Saka on 17th Sep 2018

    Book Review

    Gateway to Serenity is the pioneering travel journal written by a young and dynamic Pakistani female writer Naba Basar. This book presents an unsurpassed depth of information about the destinations, ethnic cultures and cuisines of Gilgit-Baltistan Pakistan.
    A masterpiece of travel writing, this book journeys along the 8th wonder of the world, the breathtaking Karakoram Highway to the highest international border between China-Pakistan, Khunjerab Pass. The author explains about the extraordinary people, cultures, mountain peaks, villages, restaurants, hotels and other touristic attractions of Karakoram Pakistan that could essentially be unique and point of reference for many new visitors.
    I am sure readers will accompany the author around KPK and Gilgit-Baltistan to Hunza and it will be hard to sit still after reading this book.
    It is a noble job indeed by Naba Basar for the promotion of tourism in the mountains of Pakistan.

    All my sincere wishes

    Karim Khan Saka
    Master in Tourism from France.
    Managing Director of
    Way to K2 Adventure Tours Pakistan
    Author of Books:
    1) Parlons Wakhi (published in France in 2010)
    2) Parlons Shina ( published in Frnce in 2012)
    3) Wakhi Express Magazines (several numbers)

  • 2
    Gateway to Serenity

    Posted by Waqas Mohsin on 28th Aug 2018

    Naba has no doubt narrated the area and travel experience thereof quite well. The issue is that without at least 'some' photographs, the reader cannot really understand even a small part of what the writer is trying to portray. As it is, even photographs don't do justice to the mesmerizing beauty of the area. Just a plain write up is simply not the best way to attract the writer

  • 5
    Gateway to Serenity

    Posted by Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi on 27th Aug 2018

    Finally I read It. After a week of having it I got time to read this Beautifully written travel journal . Loved the cover picture simple yet beautiful but when I opened this book I hated the new glossy papers, may be I am too old for these new papers but am quite used to the old rough paper, plus the reflection of lights in the paper made it difficult to read . Khair it was all writer's choice
    About the journal it's quite a surprise for me as every thing is perfectly described and the do's and don'ts of the journey . Plus topics like
    Kiye mera 10 saal ka bucha Northern areas ja sakta hai ( She traveled with her 5 years old Son Rayyan )
    Kis type k kpre lay k jahaun
    wahan light ho gee
    road kaisi hai
    phone kam karte hain
    Every thing is mentioned in this journal.
    Journey from Islamabad til Gilget is described in detail and one can feel riding the coaster towards Hunza after reading first chapters .
    From Hunza to sust and stay in Passu beautifully written yet I would love to read about the camp night in Passu.
    The best part of this journal was HUNZA one can feel walking in streets of Hunza talking to local people enjoying local dishes . Meeting Beautiful people of Hunza their culture .
    Local languages , best food dishes . and those Tips they can be very helpful for people going to North 
    'Hunza  home away from home'
    Every thing was there not a single thing missed
    It took me back to the journey I had few months back and my route was same as in this journal.
    If you are planning a Road trip to North you should read it before leaving.
    Best wishes for your coming journals Naba Basar