|Elevation||174 m (571 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
The town was created after a grant of land was made to Mukundraj Kher, chef of the Peshwas of Malwa for his service during the second battle of Tarain. Mukundraj is widely credited as having accidentally won the battle for the peshwas by food poisoning the General of the later mughals when he visited the court of the Peshwas. An act which had the immediate consequence of the withdrawal of Mughal armies from the borders of the Malwa empire.
A statue stands in the main square at Gursarai commemorating the accidental bravery of Mukundraj.
Gursarai is located at  It has an average elevation of 174 metres (570 feet)..
As of 2001[update] India census, Gursarai had a population of 50,000. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Gursarai has an average literacy rate of 67%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 76%, and female literacy is 56%. In Gursarai, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. The municipality has 25 wards.
Education institute providing educations from elementary to colleges are available and functioning in Gursarai. The degree colleges at Gursarai are affiliated to Bundelkhand University. List of notable institutes are:
Schools - ( Hindi and English Medium )
- St. Mary's School, ( English Medium ) Garautha Road, Gursarai
- Kher Inter College, College Chauraha, Gursarai
- Shri Kalyan Bal Vidhya Mandir, Katra Bazar Gursarai
- Shri Mahavir Bal Shiksha Sanskaar Kendra, Bazar Gursarai
- K.C. Jain Memorial Public School, Near Old Bus Stand Gursarai
- S.R.S Public School - ( English Medium ), Bazar Gursarai
- Victoria International Public School - ( English Medium ), Madori Road Gursarai
- Excel Net Computer Education Centre Near Old Bus Stand Gursarai
Degree Colleges -
- Jagdish Singh Yadav Nand Kishore Modi Degree College, Moth Road Gursarai
- Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Gursarai
The water supply arrangement of this city is from a pond at Bhasneh Village at 8 km from Gursarai. From the last three years this town is suffering from acute water crisis.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Gursarai
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.