KATHMANDU:  Nepal has been named as a top destination for travellers to visit in 2020 and beyond by the Forbes.

According to the popular American business magazine, from six continents and ten countries and from the jungles of the Amazon to the heights of Mount Everest, Nepal is on the list for having a combined adventure with luxury.

The Himalayan nation has been defined as the most once-in-a-lifetime experiences to book in 2020 under the theme–2020 Travel Goals: Ten Bucket List Trips For The Next Decade.

The magazine says, “We’re starting our list in the homeland of perhaps the most world-renowned adventure destination on the planet: Mount Everest, of course.”

But you needn’t be an intrepid climber, or even a hesitant trekker, to appreciate Nepal. Though the country has long been associated with its formidably rugged [and breathtakingly beautiful] mountains, there’s more to Nepal than just backpacking, the magazine says.

From luxury resorts in Kathmandu [the ambiance of Dwarika’s Hotel can best be described as a living museum] to chic safari camps in the national parks of Bardia and Chitwan, there’s plenty to do in Nepal that doesn’t require travelers to venture into thin air.

And, currently, many of the nation’s high-end attractions are a well-kept secret, though that’s bound to change soon, it says. Locals and sophisticated travelers have known about magnificent destinations such as the Happy House [the favorite retreat of Sir Edmund Hillary in the mountains of Phaplu in the Everest region] and the elegant Karnali Lodge [in the jungles of Bardia] for decades. “2020 is the year to discover such revelations for yourself.”

It further says the Nepal, a country roughly the size of New York state, is home to a remarkable diversity of landscape. Travelers should begin their trip in southern Nepal, with high-end jungle safaris via Tiger Tops, a family-owned company that has been innovative in conservation since its establishment in 1964, it says.

“Walk alongside the elephants through the Chitwan jungle to the banks of the Narayani river, and enjoy a Gin & Tonic while observing a spectacularly pink sunset over the water. Spend your days tracking tigers on foot, cruising down river safaris, and riding around in a vintage, open-top Land Rover—ever alert for the sights and sounds of rhinos or tigers stalking through the elephant grass. The entire experience is as intoxicating as it sounds—after two days, you will never want to leave.”