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According to "Wikipedia" - the term "ghat" refers to a series of steps leading down to a body of water. In Bengali-speaking regions, this set of stairs can lead down to something as small as a pond or as large as a major river. In English- and/or Hindi-speaking areas "ghats" refers to the areas, in the holy river-side cities like Haridwar, Varanasi where stairs exist to access the Ganges River. The numerous significant ghats along the Ganges are known generally as the "Varanasi ghats" and the "ghats of the Ganges"