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Many a times photographers especially with big cameras are stopped by guards at ASI ( Archaeological Survey of India) protected monuments citing signage prohibiting photography at the entrance to take photographs.
Here is the copy of permission letter issued by concerned authorities. This has been tweeted by Dr. Mahesh Sharma who at present is the Union Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for- Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
Though still photography without using tripod was always allowed but it was difficult to find the office order stating the same and it was at the discretion of guards to put various kinds of restrictions which even included carrying DSLR inside the monuments as it can be used for video, videography without prior permission is not allowed.
It is advised to either take a print out of this and always keep in camera bag or save it on the phone.