Dagri Bangla Trek Guide

23rdJune 2021

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Dagri Bangla Trek Guide
Camping at Dagri Bangla, Nathiagali

Dagri Bangla (Bungalow) is a remote forest rest house located deep within the dense forest of the Galiyat region. Despite being abandoned, it is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers for overnight camping on its grounds.

The location of the Bangla is incredibly serene and peaceful due to its remoteness and for many it is the ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of civilisation.

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Hike Overview

Note: Preserving nature for future generations is the responsibility of every tourist / hiker. Please DO NOT LITTER, DO NOT DRAW GRAFFITI, DO NOT CUT TREES.

Trip Overview & Itinerary

Day Time Journey Duration
Day 1 08:00am to 11:00am
Islamabad to Nathiagali
3 hours
11:30am to 02:30pm
Nathiagali to Miranjani
3 hours
03:00pm to 05:30pm
Miranjani to Dagri Bangla
2.5 hours
Day 2 07:00am to 09:30am
Dagri Bangla to Miranjani
2.5 hours
10:00am to 12:00pm
Miranjani to Nathiagali
2 hours
01:00pm to 04:00pm
Nathiagali to Islamabad
3 hours

Notable Tips

How to Reach Dagri Bangla?

By Car

The starting point of the trek to Dagri Bangla is located in Nathia Gali, KPK.

From Islamabad, head eastbound on the Srinagar Highway (formerly known as Kashmir Highway). The highway merges with Murree Road and heads towards Murree and Galiyat. Prior to the Toll Plaza on the old Murree Road, there is a roundabout from which there are two routes to Murree. One is the aforementioned old Murree Road and the other is the Murree Expressway which is a dual-carriageway. The Murree Expressway is longer but faster and the old Murree Road is slower but shorter. Neither one is ever a clear winner.

Reach Murree from either route and then follow the signboards towards Nathiagali. On the way to Nathiagali you will pass by Dungagali which is the starting point for the hike to Mushkpuri and Pipeline track.

Prior to reaching Nathiagali bazaar (market) turn right towards the governer house and church. Keep right again at the next intersection and head past the church and then take the first right. This road, which is usually in poor condition, will descend towards the trailhead. Keep left at the first junction and carry on until you see the solitary hut at the following junction. The concrete steps towards the right side of the hut are the start of the trail.

Starting point to Miranjani & Dagri Bangla
Miranjani / Dagri Bangla Trailhead

Hike to Dagri Bangla

Leopard warning at Nathiagali
Leopard warning at Trailhead

The trail to Dagri Bangla can be split into two sections. The first section being Trailhead - Miranjani and the second section being Miranjani - Dagri Bangla.

For the first section, the trail starts off with a few concrete steps leading into the forest. The trail levels ever so slighlty before becoming steep for the initial 1 km of the hike. At the end of this first ascent the trails becomes flat and you can enjoy a pleasant walk through the woods with decent views of the surrounding hills.

At the first split in the trail take the path on the right. This path will lead to the small pond past which there is a guy selling tea and snacks. Miranjani Peak and its iconic steel pillar is visible from this point in the distance straight up ahead of you.

Trail split to Miranjani
Turn right here: Trail split to Miranjani

As you proceed into the trail the chirping of the birds becomes more and more noticable. The trail is pretty straightforward up until near the very top where there is another split in the trail. The path to the left leads to the Miranjani Peak whilst the path straight up ahead leads to Dagri Bangla.

Trail split towards Miranjani and Dagri Bangla
Trail split towards Miranjani and Dagri Bangla

If you wish to visit the Miranjani Peak it will take you about 7-8 mins to get there and fewer to get back. In total, reaching the Miranjani-Dagri junction will take about 3 hours from the trailhead, fewer if you are not carrying a backpack.

For the second section (Miranjani - Dagri Bangla), you will descend down through a hilly meadow. After about 20mins you will once again come across a junction with several paths. Make sure to stick to the path to the left as the others lead to villages.

Trail split towards Dagri Bangla
Trail split towards Dagri Bangla

From this point onwards it would take about 2 to 3 hours to cover the 8.5 km to Dagri Bangla through a mostly flat trail. This stretch of the hike is undoubtedly the highlight of the trip and it is the main reason why people visit Dagri Bangla in the first place. The hike to Dagri Bangla is all about the journey instead of the destination.

Compared to the first section (Trailhead - Miranjani), the trail to Dagri Bangla is narrower with a lot more vegetation along the way. The pine forest in this area is a lot denser and consequently there is more wildlife here. This is mostly evident by the incredible continuous chirping sounds of the birds to whom the forest is home. It should also be noted that this region is also home to the nocturnal common leopard. For this reason, the trail must be avoided at night for the safety of both humans and animals.

Views from the Dagri forest trail
Views from the Dagri forest trail

Small meadows along Dagri forest trail
Small meadows along Dagri forest trail

There are several small meadows along the way where the forest canopy opens up. Almost at the very end of the trail there is a board stuck to a tree on the left which indicates that you have reached the Forest Rest House. Turn left here and a minute or two later the Bangla will come into view to your left.

Although it is highly unlikely that you will miss the board and carry on straight, it should still be mentioned that the trail extends for much longer on the other side of the Bangla towards Thandiani. Hence, not spotting the board, however unlikely, can prove to be a grave mistake.

Dagri forest rest house board
Forest rest house board

Camping at Dagri Bangla

After hiking 14 km in about 6 to 7 hours you will reach the abandoned forest rest house 'Dagri Bangla'. People usually setup their camps on the veranda of the Bangla. You can also setup camp on the surrounding grounds.

Make sure to bring your own camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, stove etc since these things are not available at the campsite

If needed, some locals provide services at the campsite such as fetching water from a nearby spring or setting up a fire for cooking etc

Available Facilities at Campsite

Facilities Availability
Tents
Water limited
Food
Toilet
Phone Signals limited

Equipment

Having the right equipment and gear is essential for an enjoyable hiking experience. Check out the list of recommended hiking gear.

Trail Video

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