The ICC, in a release posted on their website, said that the tour began today with the trophy being displayed in Mohali, the place for the opening Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on October 5.
The trophy will be displayed at nine venues in seven cities over the next 15-day period to give the fans a feel of the trophy.
The tour also includes viewings in Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kolkata before finishing up in Bangalore on August 31.
The public will have the opportunity to take an intimate look at the trophy, which will be lifted by the captain of the winning side at the final, in Mumbai on November 5.
Designed and manufactured in London by Asprey, the official Crown Jewellers, a company that also manufactured the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC Test Championship Mace and the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup, the trophy is 18 inches (45.72 centimetres) high and is 5.5 inches (13.97 centimetres) at its widest point and weighs approximately eight kilograms (17.6 pounds).
The trophy is crafted of solid silver, it consists of a silver gilt cricket ball engraved with a map of the world; the ball is mounted on a trefoil of sterling silver curved panels that taper down to a lacquered wooden plinth; the front panel is engraved with the tournament title and logo with the value of the trophy being approximately US$20,000.
ICC President Percy Sonn was quoted as saying on the website, ''The opportunity for the Indian public to get to see the ICC Champions Trophy at close quarters is a great idea.'' ''It gives them the chance to get a view of the trophy that is usually reserved for a select few, including the winning team. And it means that when those members of the public then watch the tournament either at the venues or on television they will know exactly what is at stake for all the sides taking part,'' he was further quoted as saying.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2006 runs from October 7 to November 5 with 21 matches in 30 days at four venues in India -- Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mohali and Mumbai (the Cricket Club of India). The final will take place at the CCI.