According to a legend, Brahma (a God in Hindu mythology) blessed a couple with a handful of flowers from his higher abode. Brahma's handful of flowers spread out in a valley spanning 8 kilometers. For 8 months in a year, the valley is covered by 2 to 4 feet of snow. But come June and flowers sprout up throughout the valley in different patches. There are about 300 different variety of flowers growing in this valley. The peak period to see the blossoms and breathe in the fragrance is from August 01 to August 15. A 14 kilometers pony ride from Joshimath to Ghangaria is necessary, unless you have the energy to walk it out on the ascending path. Most of the flowers do not survive elsewhere. There are no gardeners to look after the valley of flowers nor any fertilisers used in the valley.
China is big. You stand on the longest wall on the face of the earth and look out on these huge mountains and valleys that go on for MILES!!!!!!!!!! I went in January. I spent the night in a rural village near the wall. The next morning, we got up at 6 AM and climbed up the mountain to one of the highest points on the Wall to watch the sun rise. :-) (And then we had to climb down the snow-covered trail without slipping and falling off the edge of a 40 ft cliff.)