The Ganges: Cremation Fires Burn in Sacred City

Hindus believe cremation on the banks of the Ganges River frees the soul from the cycle of death and rebirth. The famous cremation ghat in Varanasi operates continuously every single day.

In the fall of 2013, photographer and videographer Pete McBride, along with professional climbers Jake Norton and Dave Morton, followed the Ganges River from snow to sea, a distance of some 1,500 miles. They captured these moments on video during a 45-day journey by foot, boat, bike, aircraft, rickshaw, bus, train, and even elephant.

Click here to learn more about the pyres of Varanasi and the journey down the Ganges.

ADDITIONAL VIDEOGRAPHY: Dave Morton and Ashley Mosher