Payal Rohatgi was born on November 9, 1980 in Hyderabad, India. She is the daughter of Veena Rohatgi and Shashank Rohatgi.
She has a brother named Gaurav Rohatgi. She was brought up in a middle class family and grew up in Ahmadabad in Gujarat. A computer engineer from L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad by profession. Payal studied in Udgam School. Payal Rohatgi won the title of Miss Tourism World in 2001, against candidates from 65 countries. She was also a finalist at the Femina Miss India contest in 2000. These successes encouraged Payal to enter the entertainment industry and so she moved to Mumbai. She is approximately 5’6″ tall, and her star-sign is Scorpio.